Fish go (coco)nuts for a safe nest: Incredible Blue Planet II footage shows the moment a family of clownfish work together to bring a heavy coconut shell back home

Mail Online | 11/12/2017 | Sophie Inge For Mailonline
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This is the incredible moment a family of clownfish work together to bring a heavy coconut shell back home.

Footage from Blue Planet II shows the fish using all their strength and cunning to move the shell across the ocean floor.

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In the clip, one of the fish is seen inspecting the shell before trying to push it using its mouth, but to no avail.

Thankfully, help is at hand, and another fish comes over to help.

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Working together, the pair manage to roll the shell all the way back to their anemone home.

Of course there’s a serious reason for this peculiar behaviour. Clownfish – or anemone fish as they’re also known – need a suitable surface for their mate to lay their eggs on.

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So when objects such as coconut shells, or even a plastic bottle, arrive with the tidal currents, these little fish make the most of the opportunity.

Using all their strength they will push large objects sometimes up to 10 times their own weight to their anemone – an incredible...
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