Art of Deception
Searching for the camouflaged White's tree frog, Litoria caerulea

The Art of Deception

Closing: Sunday, September 20, 2009

Be tricked, fooled, and duped by marine creatures who use camouflage for survival. This interactive exhibit holds imaginative surprises, especially for children.

Hiding in plain sight, many marine creatures employ the art of deception to survive. Camouflage is an essential survival strategy in the prey-predator relationship, helping prey to escape detection and predators to sneak up on prey, whether on land or in the ocean.

Discover animals that hide, defy, and trick as The Art of Deception features amazing survival strategies from undersea habitats including rocky reef, coral reef, kelp forest, sandy sea floor, and the open ocean. Engaging rhymes throughout the experience help visitors open their eyes to explore what's not so evident at first glance.

Exploring the "rhyme and reason" of ocean camouflage is fun for all ages in The Art of Deception exhibit at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Stunning wildlife photography was made possible by the San Diego Underwater Photographic Society partnership.


Your adventure continues at home with the aquarium's debut children's book, What Color Would You Be to Hide in the Sea?, inspired by The Art of Deception. Watch a review!

Feeling the Heat Exhibit hall of fishes coral displays tidepool art of deception