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Surviving Through Adaptation

Be amazed at the adaptations of the aquatic world.

Amazing Adaptations

Learn about the unique ways that aquatic animals have adapted to survive in their habitats—from the color-changing giant Pacific octopus to the shocking electric eel to the punching peacock mantis shrimp.

Color-Changing and Shape-Shifitng Octopuses

One of the most well-known residents of Surviving Through Adaptation is the giant Pacific octopus. Like other species of octopus, the giant Pacific octopus is a master of disguise and escape. It can instantaneously shift the color and texture of its skin to become virtually invisible to predators—or to wait undetected for passing prey. Its soft, boneless body allows it to shape-shift, squeezing through any space large enough to fit its small, sharp beak, which is made of a substance called chitin. Weighing an average of 50 pounds, the giant Pacific octopus is the largest species of octopus, and it can squeeze through an opening only a few inches wide.

Featured Animals Discover Adaptive Animals

Learn more about the residents of Surviving Through Adaptation.

Anemones (Actiniaria)

Sea anemones are named after and resemble flowers.

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Black Grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci)

Electric Eel (Electrophorus electricus)

Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

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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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Jellies Invasion

Get up close with nine species of mesmerizing jellies.

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