Regular readers of the blog will know that I like to introduce examples of where animals work together. This time I am looking at two separate species who have very different strengths and skill sets, which seemingly have nothing to do with one another, yet they compliment one another. They are the Watchmen Fish and Pistol Shrimp. These two contrasting species work together to prevent being attacked and eaten by their predators. The Watchmen Fish and Pistol Shrimp share a burrow, created by the shrimp and the Watchmen Fish looks out for predators. The shrimps are fantastic at building burrows but do not have good eyesight. Whereas the Watchmen Fish has excellent eyesight and can look out for predators, but struggles to build an appropriate burrow. The two work together, one builds their burrow and the other looks out for potential predators.
This is something that we frequently see with the teams that we work with. Those who have different skill sets are usually those who compliment one another the most – just like the Watchmen Fish and Pistol Shrimp.