INSANE IN THE CHROMATOPHORES


Want to know what happens when a squid listens to Cypress Hill? They go insane in the chromatophores! This video was produced by Backyard Brains who conducted a series of experiments  on the giant axons of the Longfin Inshore Squid (loligo pealei). The colour-changing nature of the squid’s skin is a result of the quick control of pigmented cells called chromatophores to reflect light. The Longfin Inshore has 3 different chromatophore colors: Brown, Red, and Yellow. Each chromatophore has tiny muscles along the circumference of the cell that can contract to reveal the pigment underneath. When played music the squids muscles respond to the beat, releasing beautiful colours. Pretty!

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