Cuttle Vision

Cuttlefish are odd creatures, so news stories about them tend to be interesting.

However, a story about them that’s going a bit viral is downright amusing!

As you can see from the image in this video from The Guardian, some scientists wanted to find out whether or not cuttlefish have stereoscopic vision (like humans do), so they strapped some 3D glasses to their faces and showed them some movies.

It turns out that cuttlefish DO have stereoscopic vision, so that’s neat.

Here are links to the story from The Guardian that featured the video and the scientific article about the research.
Scientists give cuttlefish 3D glasses and shrimp films for vision study (Ian Sample, The Guardian)
Cuttlefish use stereopsis to strike at prey (R. C. Feord, et al., Science Advances)

I found this story refreshing because it was nice to see something about how cuttlefish see things rather than about how other creatures can, or cannot, see them.

Generally stories about cuttlefish and their cephalopod cousins, octopuses and squids, tend to focus on their talent for camouflage. Here’s a video from PBS Digital Studios that covers some scientific investigations into their peculiar abilities.

Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a peek at what cuttlefish look like in the wild. Here’s a one minute 360° video that I found on YouTube that does the trick.

I hope you enjoyed the virtual swim, too 🙂

Have a great weekend!

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