Hiding In Plain Sight
Cephalopods, such as the octopus shown here, have incredible powers of camouflage.
While most animals maintain an unchanging body pattern and coloration (think a praying mantis on a leaf), or a slow-transition color-change ability (think chameleons), cephalopods exhibit what is called “adaptive camouflage”.
This is the ability to quickly alter their coloration, body pattern, and even texture to best blend in with their surroundings.
If detected, these guys can jet away in a cloud of ink as a last resort.
video source: Roger Hanlon on Youtube
reference: Hanlon. 2007.