His and hers anemones

Odd couples

Sometimes one comes across an unlikely pair of sea creatures in combat, conference or just comfortable coexistence. I love finding and photographing these moments. Here are some of my favourites, all taken in Cape Town (and most of them at Long Beach).

This klipfish has his ANGRY FACE on and is trying his best to look large and scary by raising his dorsal fin. The octopus is only mildly concerned. If I had to back anyone in a fight, it would be the octopus.

Stand-off between a klipfish and an octopus
Stand-off between a klipfish and an octopus

At this time of year there are a lot of very small klipfish around, and they are generally quite skittish. I was very amused to see this one using a starfish as cover – his body is about the same length as one of the starfish’s legs!

Starfish and klipfish
Starfish and klipfish

Under the jetty in Simon’s Town Harbour we found some sea anemones so large that I’m convinced they’ve been there since 1950. On one of them a Cape rock crab was sitting in considerable comfort. The picture isn’t great – lots of surge under there – but you get the idea!

Anemone and crab under the jetty
Anemone and crab under the jetty

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Clare

Lapsed mathematician, creator of order, formulator of hypotheses. Lover of the ocean, being outdoors, the bush, reading, photography, travelling (especially in Africa) and road trips.

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