This fish can breathe air to stay safe during the low tide

While most fish try will go with the flow when the tide recedes, the prickleback has a special trick

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.

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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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