of the ocean, cephalopods are able to change not only the colour,
but also the texture of their skin resembling their environment
or to communicate. These pictures show only a fragment of the
abilities of the cuttlefish. See also the cuttlefish
article and the
behaviour is used to deter or distract predators. Also used
to confront a competitor during mating or protection of territory.
General background resemblance
look.....One of the primary defense mechanism of a cuttlefish
is to blend in with the background (crypsis) not only taking
on the colour of the substrate, but also the structure.
On a different
substrate you need different colours. This greyish,
mottled pattern resembles the sandy substrate quite