What looks like a sandy vacation spot perfect for Instagram is actually a habitat for a vigorous food chain.

Birds have but a second to snatch up shrimp between waves, and fish such as mullet and mojarras shimmer and disappear with almost holographic camouflage. Our Sandy Shores exhibit, located on the Vista level inside the aviary, depicts the surf zone where sand, sun, and waves define a rough and dynamic life. Learn how each of these animals is perfectly adapted to make this beautiful but harsh environment their home, from the shape of their beaks to the sparkle of their scales.

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Yellow stingray color patterns make them nearly invisible on the sandy bottom—ideal for hiding from predators and ambushing prey.