"Diversity and Adaptations" is the theme of this gallery. Here you find animals
that protect themselves through deception, venom and armor. You will discover remarkable
behaviors and adaptations that enable marine organisms to gain an edge on competitors, predators or prey.
Can you imagine a fish that acts like a leaf and sneaks up on its prey? How about an animal that is completely encased in armor? Or a fish that can switch gender!
This gallery is also home to the Biodiversity Special exhibit, which currently houses a golden American lobster that appeared in a Wainani Kai Seafood shipment from Nova Scotia, and was donated to the Waikiki Aquarium in Spring of 2010. Approximately one in thirty million lobsters have this rare genetic and dietary combination that results in the golden color. In the wild, American lobsters live in water between 46°F and 60°F. Here at the aquarium, she is being kept at 58°F.