A petite and lovely master of disguise
Today we want to appreciate some sea creatures that are extremely good at camouflage themselves, and they are small and cute enough to make your face cute-of course, if you first find them in the background:
do you see it? This is a Hippocampus bargibanti whose tail is wrapped around a willow coral (also known as a sea fan, a marine animal of the order gorgoniformes) that blends perfectly with its environment.
here is another related species, Dennis Douding hippocampus (Hippocampus denise). The same small and cute, the same perfect camouflage:
the seahorse itself is a very strange existence in the ocean, and they have a different size and swimming posture as fish (yes, fish). And the excellent camouflage of the dou Ding seahorses is even more impressive. They are so consistent with their habitat that not only do they match their body color, but they are also covered with calcified nodules that look the same as a willow coral.
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these diced bean seahorses are very small, often less than 2 centimeters, coupled with perfect camouflage, so they have not entered the human line of sight for a long time. It is said that it was not until the willow corals that inhabit the diced bean seahorses were sent to the laboratory for research that scientists finally discovered them.
the camouflage color of these diced bean seahorses is not determined at birth. In 2014, biologists at the California Academy of Sciences successfully raised a pair of diced bean seahorses in the laboratory for the first time and observed how their children adapt to different-looking willow corals. As a result, these diced seahorse cubs produce different colors depending on their habitat.
Young Douding seahorses look like this, and they are only a few millimeters long:
but unlike octopuses that pretend to change at will, the camouflage colors of these seahorses do not seem to change after they are formed. The researchers tried to put diced bean seahorses that had produced a camouflage color into a tank with different colors of willow coral, but the seahorses did not adapt to the new ambient color again.
anyway, this is probably the cutest master of camouflage I have ever seen.
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