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An octopus changes its colors and textures as it swims away

At approximately 20 meters (65.6 feet) deep off the coast of Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique, Nick Ruberg happened upon this octopus. As he followed it with his camera recording, its colors and textures changed before it s...

Squid: Coming to Life, captured in microscopic detail

From a 'pearl' filled with dividing cells to hatchlings with color-shifting skin, watch as these very small cephalopods grow up under a microscope. The film, Squid: Coming to Life, was created by evolutionary and deve...

Nautilus Live surprises a Translucent Cockatoo Squid

During an August 2017 exploration of Quinault Canyon off the coast of Washington State, Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus explorers witnessed a translucent cockatoo squid for just over a minute. Watch video of the enc...

How (and Why) Do Chameleons Change Color? – Veritasium

There is a misconception about chameleons... that they change their color in order to blend in with their environment. That is actually not the case... So why do chameleons change color and how are they doing it? ...

Caring for Cuttlefish – Science Friday

Fostering the successful life cycle of a cuttlefish is an intensive process. From incubating new eggs in oxygenated recycled soda bottles, to transferring them to "Cuttle Cradles," to setting up their environments to ...

Octopus Camouflage! – Science Friday

What's the story behind THAT camouflaged octopus? From Science Friday, Marine Biologist Roger Hanlon explains his Eureka moment, as well as the science of behind chromatophores and the famous animated gif. Update! ...

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