OLogy: Crazy Camouflage

Create a flounder fish that’s hard to spot!

If you were in the ocean, could you spot the mimic octopus, sea dragon, stonefish, or flounder?

These marine animals all use camouflage (KAM-uh-flahj), the ability to blend in or resemble an element of the surroundings.

Camouflage helps animals survive in different ways.

Some animals use camouflage to help them sneak up on their prey. By the time an unsuspecting prey notices its disguised predator—CHOMP!—it’s too late.

Camouflage also helps some animals hide from their predators. They can instantly change the coloring and pattern on their skin if they need to hide against a different background.


Biology, Oceanography, Zoology
Fish
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