Battle of Cuttlefish Caught on Tape | The New York Times

Battle of Cuttlefish Caught on Tape | The New York Times
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By James Gorman

Cuttlefish, relatives of octopus and squid, have millions of color cells in their skin, which gives them extraordinary control over their appearance. They are brilliant at camouflage, and they can also create displays to communicate to other cuttlefish.

The males do this when they are fighting over a female. Their battles are primarily visual, flashing a zebra strip display at a rival, or increasing the size of one pupil and creating a dark eye ring. Scientists have seen much of this behavior, but in 2011 off the coast of Turkey two researchers who were diving and observing the common cuttlefish witnessed something much more extreme — a physical battle. Read more …

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