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Crazy Camouflage

Instructions

Create a model that shows how a fish known as a flounder is able to blend into a variety of environments.

What You'll Need

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What To Do

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Cut out the line drawing of the flounder.

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Print out one of the backgrounds (color printout or black-and-white printout). Then use crayons or colored pencils to fill in the top of the flounder's body so that it blends in with the background.

NOTE: If you use the black-and-white background, color the background first, then color the flounder so the fish blends with the background.

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Try More

Make Your Own Sea Floor

Take it to the next level by creating your own backgrounds from scratch! Try a rocky bottom or a coral reef .

You can decorate these environments with sandpaper, fabric, buttons, and so on. The main goal is to give the background a variety of colors and textures. Then use crayons to color the flounder so it hides well against the environment you created.

Looking Like Water

In water, a flounder is perfectly camouflaged. A predator looking up at a flounder from below wouldn't see it because the flounder can turn the color of water and blend in.

Print out another line drawing of a flounder and glue a piece of blue cellophane over it. Or color the other side (i.e. the non-sandy side) of the flounder a water color, as if it's in water, maybe adding wavy lines (waves), and hold clear cellophane over it. This shows how the flounder might look to a predator swimming below as the flounder swims along the surface.

Image Credits:

all photos: courtesy of AMNH