Dolphins travel in small pods to deter sharks from attacking them, and they avoid predators through the use of echolocation. When attacked, a dolphin's greatest defenses are his maneuverability, powerful tail, nose and teeth.Know More
A dolphin cannot out-swim a shark, but a healthy social animal is not usually at risk for attack. Instead, sharks and other predators target isolated, ill, injured, elderly or infant dolphins. If a dolphin is forced to fight, he may choose to ram his nose into the vulnerable gills or bite down. A group of dolphins works together to defend themselves, but they rarely kill the predator, instead they seek to drive it away.
While most dolphins are too small to battle sharks and are uninterested in initiating fights, a few species such as the killer whale are large and coordinated enough to prey on sharks. Erroneously considered whales, orcas are part of the dolphin family and are named for their size, and their hunting of marine mammals and birds. Orcas hunt in packs, much like wolves, and work to isolate and immobilize their prey. Their echolocation allows them to hunt in dark environments. Both sharks and orcas are considered apex predators. In general, dolphins are carnivores, preferring to hunt and kill crustaceans and fish that cannot fight back.Learn more in Fish
Although they are color-blind, cuttlefish camouflage their bodies by using the millions of color cells in their body to create complex color patterns on their skin to elude predators. A cuttlefish has the ability to rapidly change their color to match their surroundings.Full Answer >
The hagfish uses slime to protect itself from predators, according to Sea and Sky, an informational website about space and marine life. The slime is made of tiny fibers that make it thick and difficult to remove.Full Answer >
The most common theories as to why mullets jump out of the water are because the mullets are attempting to shake away parasites, break open eggs during spawning season or avoid predators. Mullets, also called gray mullets, are part of the Mugilidae family and are ray-finned fish found throughout the world in tropical and coastal waters.Full Answer >
According to North Carolina Aquariums, fish swim in schools because schooling protects them from predators, encourages reproduction and makes it easier to find food. Schooling also conserves energy, as each fish drafts in the wake of the fish ahead of him. This makes it easier for fish to swim long distances without exhaustion.Full Answer >