The intertidal zone is an environment that experiences two very different extremes each and every day. It takes some very hardy creatures to tough it out here and the black prickleback is one tricky fish.

Each time the tide recedes, most fish escape certain death by following the water.

But not the prickleback. This uncanny eel-like fish has a trick up its sleeve — it can breathe air.

These freaky creatures have adapted to survive in one of the world's toughest habitats
This beautiful sea slug has a secret weapon
The intertidal zone keeps serving up new discoveries

It can survive up to 23 hours out of the water by breathing through its skin, as long as it can keep itself moist.

Watch the video above to see the prickleback in action.

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