10 August 2008

Animals that use the corals to protect themselves

There are many different animals that use coral reefs to camouflage themselves to hide from their enemies or predators. Blending perfectly with the backdrop of sponges and corals, the scorpion fish waits for its prey, such as small fishes and crustaceans. The purple stonefish matches the coral-covered rocks on the sea floor. The pipefish has adapted its shape and colour to match the kelp and coral that grow under the sea. The red-and-white hawkfish camouflages itself by darting in and out of red branched corals.

adpted from: Time Warner discoveries library- Under the Sea

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