Changing climate alters fish behavior

Study finds clownfish don’t swim away from scary sounds in future ocean conditions

By Stephen Ornes, 14:25 PM June 22, 2011

Changing ocean waters may change clownfish behavior in the future.

Life can be tough for a small, young clownfish living on a coral reef. Juvenile clownfish grow up to be bright orange with whitish stripes, like the stars of Finding Nemo. And to some hungry animals lurking around the reef, these youngsters look like dinner.

“When you’re a centimeter long as a fish, anything is a predator,” Steve Simpson told Science News. A centimeter is less than half the diameter of a dime.

Simpson is a fish ecologist at the University of Bristol in England. Ecologists...

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