Sunday, June 8, 2008

Kings of Camouflage

Call it a case of mistaken identity. When it comes to camouflage chameleons get all the attention. But the often-overlooked cuttlefish is the real master of disguise. Cousins of the squid and octopus cuttlefish are among the most unusual animals on our planet. These shape-shifting creatures can hypnotize their prey impersonate the opposite sex and even kill with lightning-fast speed. More accomplished masters of disguise than any chameleon they have an incredible ability to morph their skin color even their shape to blend into most any background. Cuttlefish also have one of the largest brain-to-body ratios among the invertebrates. With stunning underwater footage and in-depth expert interviews NOVA gets up close and personal with this astonishing brainy bunch.Special DVD features include: materials and activities for educators; a link to the NOVA Web site; scene selections; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired.

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