Amazing Animals: Cuttlefish, Kings of Camouflage
What could be cooler than a Chameleon crossed with an Octopus crossed with a Pink Floyd laser show? Not much, right? Maybe nothin’, right? Right. Meet the Cuttlefish.
This deep sea dweller is one of the oddest, most beautiful creatures on Earth. Though named “fish”, the Cuttlefish are actually molluscs, belonging to the class Cephalopoda (which also includes squid, octopuses, and nautiluses). Not only beautiful and graceful, they are also geniuses, lil squirmy hydro-einsteins, with one of the largest brain-to-body ratios in nature.
They are called the “chameleons of the sea” because they have the ability to rapidly change the color and brightness of their skin. They do this to either blend into their environment, communicate with each other, or even hypnotize pray with a far out light show. Q: How many Cuttlefish does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: Man, a Cuttlefish don’t need no stinkin’ lightbulb!
You know what’s ironic? Cuttlefish are colorblind… that’s so sad, huh? :(… But, they look happy. They’ve got a lil smile. They’ve got these happy lil arms. Yay, Cuttlefish!!!