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Anatomy of a Cuttlefish
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Anatomy of a Cuttlefish

One of the most mystifying creatures of the deep, the cuttlefish has abilities and even senses that are alien to us humans. This versatile animal can change its appearance at will, mimicking floating vegetation or rocks on the seafloor. Yet when danger looms, the animal can jet away at great speeds, shooting out a smoke screen of ink or using its ink to create decoys of itself. How does the cuttlefish accomplish all this? In this interactive feature, take a look at select parts of this octopus relative and learn more about how this master of deception and disguise functions.—Rima Chaddha

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