Cuttlefish Cuties: Photos of Color-Changing Cephalopods

Can you see me?

Camouflaged giant Australian cuttlefish.

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A giant Australian cuttlefish blends in with its surroundings.

Sandy Cuttlefish

Sepia officianlis, a cuttlefish

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A Sepia offcinalis cuttlefish blends into a sandy background.

Cuttlefish Camo

A cuttlefish camouflage test.

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A cuttlefish takes on a "blocky" camouflage pattern on a background of white circles, both complete and incomplete. When the circle fragments are scrambled, the cuttlefish takes on a camo pattern more fitting for small-scale, sandy type backgrounds.

Disruptive Camouflage

A camouflaged cephalopod.

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A "disruptive" camouflage pattern used by cuttlefish to blend into "chunky" backgrounds.

Pebble Pattern

Camouflage cuttlefish in pebbles.

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A smaller-scale camouflage pattern for blending into smaller pebbles.

Rainbow Tentacles

Giant Australian cuttlefish close-up.

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A close-up on the color-changing cells of a giant Australian cuttlefish.

Colorful Camouflage

Camouflaged giant Australian cuttlefish.

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Cuttlefish are colorblind, but their reflective and color-changing cells can match many backgrounds in their environment.

Being Brown

Giant Australian cuttlefish close-up.

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A giant Australian cuttlefish takes on a brownish hue for camouflage.

Blue Around the Edges

Giant Australian cuttlefish close-up.

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A giant Australian cuttlefish hovers above the seafloor.