The name of this critter describes it perfectly. The backswimmer's keel-shaped back and powerful legs help it swim after its prey of small aquatic animals and escape its enemies. Its colorful body would help it play hide and go seek. The white back, when seen from underneath, blends into the sky; the dark bottom, when seen from the air, blends into the sky; the dark bottom, when seen from the air, blends in with the color of the water. It is camouflaged from both directions. The backswimmer must return to the surface for oxygen, which it gets through the tip of its abdomen. The backswimmer's bite can hurt, so be careful. The pygmy backswimmer is a smaller relative.
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