The colorful lives of squid

Squids, octopuses and cuttlefishes are nature’s iPads

By Susan Milius, 14:59 PM October 10, 2013

Your calamari, it turns out, may have come from a temporary transvestite with rainbows in its armpits.

Well, not armpits, but spots just below where the fins flare out. “Finpits,” cell biologist Daniel DeMartini nicknamed them. He and his colleagues have documented unusual color-change displays in female California market squid, popular in restaurants.

Squids, octopuses and cuttlefishes are nature’s iPads, changing their living pixels at will. DeMartini, of the University of California, Santa B...

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