A Fight For Survival: The Neritic Zone

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In your mind, imagine you are a fish, surrounded by kelp forests and other organisms. These are the conditions the incredible creatures from the Neritic Zone live in. Life is present in almost every drop of water in the Neritic Zone. An adaptation is a gradual genetic change an animal makes over thousands of years to survive better in its habitat. The temperature in the Neritic Zone varies, so it suits the needs of most sea animals. The Neritic Zone warms in summer and cools in winter. Although the conditions of the Neritic Zone may seem easy to live in, animals are constantly fighting for survival. 3 animals have developed outstanding adaptations to help their species live. Those three animals are the skate, seahorse, and the Electric Eel. Obviously a very fierce animal, the skate, related to the ray, has special adaptations that can allow it to be protected from predators and to perform actions with ease. Seeking and consuming prey with ease, the skate has its mouth on its underside and it can eat prey that is hiding in the sand below it. Quickly swimming away from predators or to attack prey, the skate also has tiny teeth-like structures on its skin. The FLMNH Ichthyology Department reports, “The skin feels exactly like sandpaper because it is made up of tiny teeth-like structures called placoid scales, also known as dermal denticles. These scales point towards the tail and help to reduce friction from surrounding water when the animal swims.” This reduces drag when the

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