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 »

Male bottlenose dolphins live an average of between 40 and 45 years, while females can live over 50 years. Females reproduce every 3 to 6 years after they reach sexual maturity between the ages of 5 and 10. More »

Bottlenose dolphins eat a variety of fish, squid and crustaceans such as crabs and shrimp. The type of food available to the dolphin is dependent upon its location, so some dolphins will eat more crustaceans, while other... More »

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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 »