Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
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Dazzle or not

Today I re-visited the book Survival of the Beautiful: Art Science and Evolution by David Rothenberg.

I am enchanted with the part on Dazzle Camouflage, the use of disguise or confusion in battle ships and cannons.


I think of how we each dress, how we choose to display ourselves.  What mood do I choose to express when I dress?  Am I as elaborate in blending in or drawing attention as the cuttlefish?

If you are interested in battleships that are not gray, click here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage

Imagine this:

"The squid or octopus can blend into almost any underwater background it naturally finds itself swimming in. But if it doesn't want to blend in, it can place upon its body a series of pulsating, moving, dazzle-like stripes.  It can even mix and match, making one side of the body appear invisible and the other side pulsating and patterning. They can communicate with each other by setting off moving patterns all over their skin, all the while being basically color-blind. They can disguise themselves to hide upon colors they can't even see.  Males can suddenly change their appearance to look like females for the purpose of distracting other males."

How exciting is that?
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