Underwater Buddies


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30 July marks International Day of Friendship — so what higher time for us to rejoice friends, family, dive buddies, and take a fast peek at some close-knit connections beneath the waves:

Oceanic whitetip sharks and pilot fish

An oceanic whitetip and its posse of pilot fish are one of many open ocean’s most iconic sights. The shark’s big measurement (as much as four metres/13 ft lengthy) and enormous, paddle-like pectoral fins present an ideal shelter for its smaller, striped companions, who return the favor by cleansing away parasites — even from contained in the shark’s mouth! Whereas pilot fish typically comply with different giant pelagics, and even ships, the oceanic whitetip stays their favourite BFF.

oceanic whitetip shark

French angelfish

The underwater world’s reply to Romeo and Juliet, French angelfish are virtually all the time present in pairs and are one of many few creatures on earth to take pleasure in lifelong, monogamous relationships. They’ve even been noticed swimming to the floor and releasing their eggs and sperm collectively, fiercely chasing away anybody else who will get too shut. You’ll spot them alongside coral reefs within the Western Atlantic, the place they typically strategy divers with curiosity.



These sea-dwelling socialites aren’t content material with only one or two good associates. As an alternative, attempt billions.  With some North Atlantic mega-schools spanning almost 5 sq. kilometres/three.1 sq. miles, herring type one of many animal kingdom’s largest groupings. Reacting shortly to keep away from hazard, the education fish transfer away to create a well-known ring-shape, generally known as a vacuole. Herring are additionally a bit clingy; as obligate schoolers, they develop into agitated and may even die if separated from their fellow buddies.


Sea anemones and clownfish

Not often is an anemonefish (aka clownfish) discovered removed from its namesake, and with good cause. The little fish, made well-known by a sure Disney movie, is resistant to the ocean anemone’s poisonous tentacles, which as an alternative present a protected place to reside and the occasional scrap of meals. Nemo’s job on this partnership is to assist thrust back predators and hold the house tidy. Anemones are just a little fickle although; they’ve additionally been noticed out and about with critters just like the pom-pom crab.


Scuba divers

In fact, we couldn’t write an article about underwater buddies with out together with… ourselves! In contrast to our different featured creatures above, scuba divers might be discovered everywhere in the world, are available all styles and sizes, and show all types of behaviors. From Swimmers and Nature Guides, to Captain Oblivious and Castaways, learn more about the types of dive buddies you may encounter in your subsequent dive journey.

Need to rise up shut and pleasant with the large blue? Seize your personal dive buddy and start planning your next trip immediately!

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