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Hidden in plain sight

Duration: 02:02

Kelp grows in coastal waters all around the world, but in the seaweed forest of southern Australia lives one of the most extravagantly camouflaged of all fish - the leafy sea dragon. A kind of seahorse, it is so well disguised that other fish swim amongst its finery as though it were some floating bit of seaweed. It has a tiny mouth with which it picks up small floating shrimp that take shelter in what appears to be just some floating weed.

Available since: Tue 11 Oct 2011

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The Living Planet The Open Ocean

11/12 David Attenborough explores the ocean, which covers 70 per cent of the Earth's surface.

First broadcast: 29 Mar 1984

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