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Pygmy seahorses: masters of camouflage

2 minutes

Pygmy seahorses survive by disappearing into the world around them

Pygmy seahorses have long been a mystery to scientists: how do these fragile creatures, just two centimetres in length, blend so perfectly with the brightly coloured coral around them? Is their short lifespan a quest to find coral that perfectly matches their skin, or do they adapt to fit their surroundings? This short film chronicles the first time scientists were able to successfully observe the lifecycle of a pygmy seahorse, and uncover the secret to its incredible camouflage.

Producer: Josh Cassidy

Website: Deep Look

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