Surviving Through Adaptation

Be amazed at the adaptations of the aquatic world.

Amazing Adaptations

The galleries in Surviving Through Adaptation offer a glimpse of the incredible range of adaptations that aquatic animals utilize to fulfill a variety of functions. Some of these adaptations help animals to protect themselves from predators, like the feisty peacock mantis shrimp that uses its unique club-like appendages to strike intruders with lightning-fast speed. Other adaptations help animals lie in wait for their prey, like the reef stonefish's intricately patterned body that allows it to seamlessly blend in with its surroundings. Some animals have physical traits that allow them to better hunt prey; for example, the blackbar soldierfish, a nocturnal species with extra-large eyes that let in more light to help this fish search for its next meal in the dark. These adaptations are diverse, but they all share the same goal: to help these animals survive in their environments.

Handling High Voltage

The species of electric eel in our care is capable of producing a shocking 600 volts of electricity to stun prey and protect itself from predators. With this kind of high voltage, how do our Animal Care experts handle the eel without getting zapped when it's time for an exam? There are a few extra precautions that are implemented during electric eel exams to keep our team safe, including the use of a voltmeter so staff can keep an eye on the level of electricity the patient is discharging.

Featured Animals Discover Adaptive Animals

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Longnose Gar (Lepisosteus osseus)

Gar's are known as living fossils

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Longhorn Cowfish (Lactoria cornuta)

Electric Eel (Electrophorus electricus)

Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)

Surprisingly Stealthy Seahorses

When you think of an ambush predator, the lined seahorse is probably not the first animal that comes to mind—yet this fascinating fish is precisely that. Slow-moving swimmers, lined seahorses hitch their prehensile tails onto plants and reeds and wait for prey to pass by, which they quickly slurp up with their long snouts.

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Atlantic Coral Reef

Descend through a bustling Caribbean reef home to hundreds of fishes.

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Blacktip Reef

Discover the aquatic life that thrives in a colorful Indo-Pacific reef.

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Dolphin Discovery

Get a glimpse into the daily life of a colony of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

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