In spite of the bottlenose dolphin's gentle appearance, All About Wildlife explains that these animals are in fact apex predators. While great white sharks, tiger sharks and bull sharks occasionally prey on young dolphin... More »

The main mechanisms dolphins use to protect themselves include avoiding natural predators by detecting them with echolocation and traveling in numbers for safety. When they cannot avoid attacks or scare off predators, do... More »

Dolphins survive by living within groups to protect one another, by eating various food found throughout the ocean and by breathing when they surface. Their bodies also help to support them after millions of years of evo... More »

Crayfish, which are freshwater crustaceans closely related to lobsters, have large claws with which they threaten predators and protect themselves. In addition, when crayfish are frightened, they make menacing gestures w... More »

Seahorses protect themselves through camouflage, which helps them blend in with their surroundings and evade predators. Seahorses have the unique ability to change color instantaneously, and even adopt the physical chara... More »

Sea lions are threatened primarily by killer whales and sharks and, with few natural defense mechanisms, they attempt to escape these predators by getting out of the water and onto land as quickly as possible. Sea lions ... More »

Sea stars, also known as starfish, protect themselves against predators by using their leather-like, prickly outer skin as armor, along with a host of additional defense mechanisms. The outer layer of skin is comprised o... More »