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Coral turf wars

Duration: 01:24

A coral reef is a busy metropolis of underwater life. At first glance, it may seem that the corals all have their own set space. However, as indivdual corals grow, they need more space. Using timelapse photography, the corals can be seen fighting out their very own turf wars by shooting out stinging cells into one another. Eventually, one or other will win and the space left behind from the retreating loser is quickly taken up by the winning coral.

Available since: Sat 31 Dec 2011


Series Producer
James Brickell
Monty Halls
Executive Producer
Neil Nightingale

This clip is from

Great Barrier Reef Nature's Miracle

1/3 Monty Halls examines the complex structure of the Australian coral reef and its wildlife.

First broadcast: 01 Jan 2012

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