Qulan, also spelled Qulaan, is the Maldives of the Red Sea. Turquoise waters. White sand. Shallow lagoons. Colorful corals. Tropical fish. The one difference? They aren't atolls. The islands of Qulan are formed by fringing reefs atop a sandy ledge.
There are lots of fun facts about clown fish. Did you know that?
The clownfish, Amphiprion bicinctus, is a member of the Pomacentridae family, the largest group of coral reef fish.
Clownfish and anemonefish are two names for the same thing.
Clownfish inhabit the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans and make their home within the poisonous tentacles of sea anemone. Clownfish live in small groups and never leave their host.
Clownfish have a symbiotic relationship with sea anemone; they live together and benefit from each other. The clownfish keeps the anemone clean. The sea anemone's poisonous tentacles protect the clownfish from predators.
The clownfish is protected from the anemone's sting by a coat of mucus made from sugars.
Clownfish are small brightly colored fish. They can be yellow, red, orange, black and even blue. Some species have white patches or bands on their body or tail. Clownfish are 4 to 7 inches (10 - 18 cm) long.
Clownfish are protandrous (born male and change to female) as well as hermaphrodites (born with both male and female sex organs).
Highlight of our trip
Submitted on 16 February 2010 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy
The sand strips known as Qulan were the highlight of our trip to Marsa Alam. Not only are these fringing reefs teeming with sea life, the water is clear and, for the most part, shallow. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly and good with children. (We booked with Qulaan Travel Services.) The Egyptian buffet lunch was plentiful and delicious. What's more, this excursion doesn't require hours on a bus. The bus trip to Hamata pier is under an hour from the southern reaches of Marsa Alam and less than 30 minutes from Berenice.
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