This Pile Of Algae Proves Why The Octopus Is Considered A Master Of Disguise
Even in slow motion, I couldn't pick out the little guy without hitting "replay" a few times. This sea creature isn't the only one that has the power to camouflage, but it is the one that's inspired some new high-tech inventions. Scientists have studied octopi to create tiny grids that try to replicate their camouflaging skills. The goal is to supply the Navy with synthetic skins that can match the colors, textures and patterns of its surroundings, in the form of fabric or paint. In octopi, small chromatophores in the top layer of skin can be manipulated by a network of muscles to change shape and color. The next layer contains iridiphores, which are reflective, and the bottom layer is made up of white leucophores which act as a canvas.