Octopuses, like this one swimming off the coast of Grand Cayman Island, camouflage themselves in response to a threat. Many species of octopus have biochromes, cells that allow them to change the color, pattern, and opacity of their skin.

Photograph by Jeff LaFrenz, My Shot
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Camouflage, also called cryptic coloration, is a defense mechanism or tactic that organisms use to disguise their appearance, usually to blend in with their surroundings. Organisms use camouflage to mask their location, identity, and movement.