NOVA: Kings Of Camouflage
Airs Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published June 21, 2010 at 2:44 p.m., updated August 12, 2013 at 12:47 p.m.
In this interview, animal behaviorist Jean Boal ponders what cephalopods might teach us about our own intellect.
Anatomy of a Cuttlefish
Blue-green blood? Three hearts? Explore what sets cuttlefish apart from other animals.
Cuttlefish are some of the strangest animals on the 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 a remarkable ability to change their skin color — even their shape — to blend into most any background. They have the largest brain-to-body ratio of all the invertebrates.
But are they capable of learning and remembering complex tasks? With beautiful underwater footage and in-depth expert interviews, NOVA "Kings Of Camouflage" gets up close and personal with these bizarre and amazing animals.
This episode originally aired in 2007.