Video Of A Cuttlefish Pretending To Be A Hermit Crab To Deter Predators, Seem Harmless To Prey

June 13, 2017


This is a video from National Geographic of pharaoh cuttlefish pretending to be hermit crabs to possibly deter would-be predators into thinking they're hard-shelled crustaceans and not worth the trouble to eat, and to make small fish think they're harmless so they can get close enough to grab them and bite their heads off. The circle of life: it's crazy, and I'm not convinced it's less of a proper circle and more of a crude penis doodle, possibly on the wall of a public restroom stall.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Jeremy ONO, who agrees the best camouflage has been, and always will be, an invisibility cloak.

  • captaindash

    Bioluminescent, they can change their skin colour and texture, and they can mimic other creatures? They also can imitate females so they can get past 2 dudes fighting over a lady so they can sneak in and mate. It's a good thing they don't live long or these would sure end up our overlords.

  • asdfadfs

    they were both crabs, changed back so they wouldn't get ambushed/eaten

    reminds me of

  • The_Wretched

    I like how they decloak so the other cuttle fish don't attack them.

  • Andyman7714

    Did my desk just move?

  • Bling Nye

    Did you get an erection? That happens to me sometimes.

  • TheQiwiMan

    I learned about this from my Second Grade teacher, cuttlefish can pretend to be anything.

    My Second Grade teacher turned out to be a cuttlefish.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    Cuttlefish Teacher: Nobody suspects a thing!

  • Ollie Williams

    Can they mimic not being a disappointment to their father? If so, I wish I would have been a cuttlefish.

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