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  • The cuttlefish has taken camouflage to the next level.

  • They can change their color, shape, and texture to blend in with the background.

  • It's hard to believe it looking at these pictures, but all these cuttlefish are exactly the same species.

  • They're simply changing their appearance depending on what's around them.

  • It's called adaptive camouflage, and it's perfect for hiding from both predators and prey.

  • But can the cuttlefish adapt to anything?

  • Really, you must applaud the cuttlefish for its amazing ability to blend into its surroundings.

  • But how clever is that, really?

  • I mean, vanishing amongst things that are around it all the time.

  • It's one thing for a cuttlefish to camouflage itself against seaweed, sand, pebbles, and stuff like that.

  • But how would they fare camouflaging themselves against something a bit more complicated, something a bit like this?

  • Yeah, I know it's hardly grand designs, but I've gone for this rather lurid decor for good reason.

  • I want to see how the cuttlefish tackles something a bit more challenging, so I chosen stripes, chess board, and some old-style chintz.

  • Okay, time to see how they cope.

  • Let's get our cuttlefish settled in and dim down the lights.

  • He's having a look at it.

  • And he's gone straight for the big one, the checkerboard flooring.

  • And amazingly, I think he's having a crack at it.

  • There's definitely the beginnings of a checkerboard there.

  • He's not quite lined up right, but you know, still impressive.

  • Right, what next?

  • Zebra-skin rug... now he's improvising.

  • Let's get him back to the task in hand.

  • Now that's more like it.

  • He's blending into the chaise longue a treat.

  • But notice one thing.

  • He's not camouflaged with what he can see in front of him.

  • He's camouflaged with what's underneath him.

The cuttlefish has taken camouflage to the next level.

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