HomeEnvironmentConservationHide-and-Seek: Ocean Animals with Top-Notch Camouflage

    Hide-and-Seek: Ocean Animals with Top-Notch Camouflage

    Now you see them. Now you don’t. Or do you …?

    Animals use camouflage in several ways, including to hide from or trick hungry predators and to attract and sneak up on prey. While some underwater species have sharp spines or hard shells to protect themselves, many ocean animals rely on their camouflage skills as a survival mechanism.

    From matching colors to mimicking shapes, some sea creatures have perfected the art of camouflage so much so that it can be nearly impossible to find them. Dive in and see if you can spot a few of our favorite chameleons of the sea! 


    Cuttlefish are cephalopods, which is a group that also includes octopuses and squid. They are part of an exclusive group of animals that can change color based on their activities using special cells called chromatophores. They can also instantly change shape and texture, affording them the…

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    Ocean Conservancy
    Ocean Conservancy
    Ocean Conservancy is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. that helps to formulate ocean policy at the federal and state government levels based on peer reviewed science.


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