Who would have thunk that the secret to invisibility might be within that of the multi-armed squid? The U.S. Navy is pumping $5 million into a team of scientists at Duke University over the next five years to see if they can tap into the squid's special "light sensitive organs" for use on the battlefield.
A team of scientists at Duke University led by associate professor Sonke Johnsen are probing the sea creatures to learn how they use "special light sensitive organs and cells to manipulate light and create 'dynamic camouflage'." Essentially, squids have the power to camouflage themselves by releasing "pigments in patterns, in layers under the skin," says Johnsen and that they could "probably play a television show on their backs, if their brains were big enough."
The U.S. Navy is hoping that a break-through discovery will be made which will allow them to cloak their vehicles and gain a deeper understanding of natural aquatic life through undisturbed camouflage tactics.
While Johnsen admits the squid's camouflage isn't "true invisibility, they are very good." It just goes to show there is a lot that can still be learned from organic creatures. Nature's complexity never ceases to amaze us.