Little Angels!: Color-Changing Pygmy Seahorses

October 29, 2014

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This is a video about Bargibant's Pygmy Seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti), which grow less than an inch from snout to tail, and use a remarkable ability to change color and grow calcified tubercles to match the coral they live on. In this experiment, scientists introduce the offspring of a pair of orange seahorses to purple coral to see if their bodies can adjust to camouflaging themselves there. SPOILER: Yes, they can. And just when I thought Mother Nature was nothing but terrifying spiders and killer sharks she drops this sweet little gem on me. I know what you're doing, Mother Nature, but it's not gonna work! "What do you think I'm trying to do?" Get in my pants and make dragon babies! You must have heard I'm one of the dragonborn. "What are you talking about?" Dammit. *calling Father Time* I TOLD YOU TO TELL HER I WAS HALF DRAGON OR WHATEVER.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to lilco, who agrees if I could just have a seahorse wrap its tail around my finger and call me papa I could die happy.

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