Small pigment-filled cells, called chromatophores, and reflective ones called iridophores and leucophores, in the skin of most octopuses allow them to create nuanced patterns of color, luminosity and even harness polarized light to fool other ocean life.
Oh, and the octopus is colour blind. Explain that, science! (They have: Opins (light sensing cells) enable the detection and subsequent reaction to some colour and light conditions).
SCIENCE has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness. Aldous Huxley, 1894-1963.
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