Coral reefs cover just 0.1 per cent of the ocean’s surface area, yet they are home to 25% of all known marine species – these are the rainforests and jungles of the deep, and just like the rainforests these habitats too are facing environmental challenges due to climate change. A powerful sequence in time lapse shows how warming waters are “bleaching” the sea’s coral formations.
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Bottlenose Dolphins – Egypt
In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins play with seaweed, pieces of coral and jellyfish
Green Turtles, Saddleback Clownfish and Bump Head Parrotfish – Borneo
Groupers hunting with Octopus – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is made up of 3,000 coral reefs and is larger in area than the entire United Kingdom. Research suggests that one of the reef’s inhabitants, the coral grouper rivals the chimpanzees in intelligence. Blue Planet II captures this creature coordinating with an octopus, teaming up to flush out a fish from a hard-to-reach crevice.
Broad Club Cuttlefish, Bobbit Worms and Monocle Breams – Indonesia
Up to a metre long, bobbit worms burrow into the sand and wait for prey with just their antennae showing. When a fish passes, they strike.
Grouper, Grey Reef Sharks – French Polynesia
Grey reef sharks patrol the edge of the coral reef in Fakarava, French Polynesia.
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