Military studies squid camouflage

Publication:   Date: April 25, 2011   View Article

The ability of octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish to instantaneously change the color and pattern of their skin to blend in with their surroundings has caught the eye of the U.S. military. Its goal is a new generation of high-tech camouflage.

The Office of Naval Research has awarded $6 million to a team of U.S. scientists to conduct the basic research required to make the squid-like camo. Precisely how the military will use the technology is classified, noted Roger Hanlon, a senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Masters of disguise

Publication:   Date: April 28, 2008   View Article

Blend in or be eaten is the name of the game for many of Earth’s creatures. Some trick predators into thinking they’re toxic and thus are best avoided. Others don a cloak of camouflage to hide from hungry eyes. Meanwhile, the predators themselves match up with their surroundings in hopes of getting closer to their unsuspecting prey. All are evolutionary adaptations intended to help the creatures survive another day. Learn about ten of these masters of disguise.

Chameleons Say It With Color

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 26, 2005   View Article

Chameleons are famous for their ability to change their skin color to blend in with their surroundings. But experts say camouflage is only half the story of the tropical lizard’s remarkable trait.

“Communication is also partly the function of coloration,” Christopher Raxworthy, associate curator of herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, wrote in an e-mail interview.

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