BC: All of these animals use countershading for survival!
1: What is it? | Countershading is a common pattern on animals. It is a form of camoflauge that confuses predator and prey. The under belly of the animal is light so the animals below think it is part of the sky or surface water above. The backside of the animal is dark so the animals above think it is part of the ground or water below. This blending the animal with its surroundings.
2: How do they use it? | Animals use countershading to protect themselves from predators and hunt prey.
4: Sharks and Batoids
5: Sharks and batoids swim away from the surface. Great white sharks use countershading to hunt prey while Batoids use countershading to protect themselves from flying things above.
6: Adelie Penguins and Macaroni Penguins
7: Penguins use countershading in both ways; to hunt fish below them and to protect themselves from predators such as seals (bullies).
8: Dunlin Bird | Malagasy Giant Hognose
9: The Dunlin Bird uses countershading to protect itselves from predators that are below them such as snakes. The Malagasy Hognose uses its countershading to attack prey such as birds.
10: Countershading animals: "We use countershading, to protect our selves from predators...
11: ...also to hunt our prey." Countershading is used for.....