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Their sharp claws are another form of protection, so you’d better watch out for those! The crab’s claws have double duty. They are also good for helping to find and capture food on land or in the water. Anemone Anemones are soft-bodied creatures that have a sticky foot on one end and many dangerous tentacles surrounding a mouth on the other. I say dangerous because the tentacles have venom to stun prey and pull it toward the anemone’s mouth. Anemones come in a wide range of colors and sizes. Some anemones hitch rides on hermit crabs!

Animals like whales come up to the surface and breathe air like we do. Ocean plants live near the surface because they need sunlight to grow. Most ocean animals live near the surface too, where they can eat plants or hunt for food. Temperature is also a big deal for survival in the ocean. Creatures like sea turtles are cold-blooded. This means they get their body heat from the environment around them. Other creatures, like dolphins, are warm-blooded. They need to keep their bodies a consistent temperature all the time.

Being a small fish means being on the bottom of the food chain. Living in a tide pool helps with survival by eliminating the threat of bigger predators that can’t get in. Gobies can also quickly jump from pool to pool! Gobies are helpful because not only are they a food source for many ocean creatures, but they clean up their habitat by eating small plant and animal matter. Some gobies even eat parasites and dead skin off larger fish. Maybe they’re trying to get on the bigger fish’s good side. Gobies are the smallest in size of any fish in the world.

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