Scientists explain how octopuses change the color of their skin

Octopus can identify light and color through their external skin, without registering the data through their mind or eyes. The octopus skin can respond to the changing light not proficiently but rather it does have capacity to identify the change in the brilliance of the light.

Researchers took two samples from the different parts of the skin. The skin had the capacity to change color when presented to light with no other stimulus present to adjust the color. Specialists discovered the skin of octopus contains sensors call Chromataphones that extend and contract to change its appearance.

The scientists additionally tried a few other ocean animals with the capacity to change color including cuddle fish and had elicited comparative reaction in all species. The researchers believe that they have gained ground in understanding the intricate system through which these animals take cover in their surroundings.

Further research in the field could enable the researchers to copy the same covering capacities in garments and other different items. This is the first occasion when experts have made serious effort in the animals’ light sensing capabilities   through their skin and organs other than eyes.

The revelation could prove very important in understanding how animals change their color and how they managed to evolve with time in developing such skills to be able to survive by adapting to their surroundings.

More and extensive studies are still needed to be done by the biologists to understand what mysteries are surrounding such wonders of nature

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