Cuttlefish Masters of Disguise
Cuttlefish at the Monterey Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Cuttlefish are armed for the hunt. When a fish or shrimp comes into range, the cuttlefish aims and fires two tentacles to capture its prey. Like their octopus relatives cuttlefish hide from enemies with camouflage and clouds of ink.
The cuttlefishes dark-brown ink called sepia, was used for writing and drawing in days gone by. Cuttlefish can change their skin color and pattern almost instantly.
The flashing stripes and patches of color on thier skin are used to communicate threats or courtship messages.