Molluscs: Octopus Camouflage


Octopuses have no shell to hide in, so camouflage is their defense.  We see one rapidly changing its color and texture.

Next Generation Science Standards for this Video

Since octopuses don’t have protective shells, they have developed a complicated system of chromatophores to camouflage their bodies.

An octopus’ defense strategy is camouflage. It uses specialized chromatophore cells in its mantle to blend in with its environment.

An octopus is very good at processing information from its environment so it can camouflage itself. It has excellent eyesight and an elaborate nervous system connected to chromatophores in its skin. The skin itself can change its texture and the chromatophores change the skin’s color to match the environment.