OK, I will admit it. There is one spectacular thing cephalopods can do that mantis shrimp simply don’t have an answer for. Squids, cuttlefish, and octos are the true masters of active camouflage. Through the use of muscle-controlled chromatophores, filled with colored pigment, cephalopods can rapidly and seamlessly blend in with their surroundings or communicate with others.
Today, a lab-mate was dissecting some Longfin Inshore Squid (Loligo pealeii). The chromatophores on these animals were still physiologically active, even though they were sacrificed over a day ago and shipped to us on ice. I was able to capture some video of these beautiful chromatophores in the skin rapidly expanding and contracting. Enjoy.
There will be more video content to come. Can you say mantis shrimp plus power metal? Oh, hell yeah!