Where’s the Octopus? Uploaded by DoUGuruTube
File this under: Damn Interesting + Educational
(Reblogging this in case anyone missed it - I posted this late last night, but is really worth checking out)
Everyone has probably seen the short video on YouTube where, under water, an octopus comes out of camouflage then squirts the cameraman. This short video looks at that footage again by the man who took that video, and explains a little about his work on the octopus camouflage mechanics.
NOTE: At 2 minutes 10, you see an extreme close-up of octopus skin, and it is the coolest piece of biology science you will see today
When marine biologist Roger Hanlon captured the first scene in this video he started screaming.
Hanlon, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, studies camouflage in cephalopods—squid, cuttlefish and octopus. They are masters of optical illusion. These are some of Hanlon’s top video picks of sea creatures going in and out of hiding.
Source: Science Friday (http://www.sciencefriday.com/videos/watch/10397 )