Deep Sea Cephalopods Hide Using Light

Many kinds of octopus, cuttlefish, and squid are masters of disguise, concealing themselves using chromatophores—specialized skin cells that hold pigment and reflect light.


Masters of Disguise

Octopuses are colorblind, but manage to blend into the background seamlessly—or stand out in bright color to startle their enemies. So how do they do it? 


Colorful Cuttlefish and their Creative Camouflage

Cuttlefish are most famous for their ability to change their skin color in seconds. They also use color and pattern changes to communicate with other cuttlefish, to camouflage themselves when in danger, and to frighten off potential predators


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