A marine biologist captures nature’s finest underwater camouflage artists performing their almost magical transformations in this intriguing video.
When marine biologist Roger Hanlon captured the first scene in this video he started screaming. Hanlon, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, studies camouflage in cephalopods–squid, cuttlefish and octopus. They are masters of optical illusion.
These are some of Hanlon’s top video picks of sea creatures going in and out of hiding. Cephalopods have several tricks for blending in with their undersea surroundings: they can change color, pattern and even the shape of their skin.