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This Video Of A Cuttlefish Changing Color Will Blow Your Mind

06/25/2015 03:50 pm ET

And you thought you knew how to dress to impress.

A stunning video of a cuttlefish uploaded to YouTube shows the color-changing magic of the little cephalopods. Filmed by a diver with the Japan Marine Club, the clip features a Pfeffer's flamboyant cuttlefish, which uses chromatophores -- color-changing cells in its skin -- to alter its appearance.

While many creatures use this ability to blend in to their surroundings, this shimmering variant uses its bright coloration to tell predators one thing: Don't eat me. Flamboyant cuttlefish are actually highly poisonous -- on par with the terrifying blue-ringed octopus, according to Mother Nature Network. Fortunately, they rarely encounter humans.

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Often called the "chameleon of the sea," cuttlefish have been inspiring scientists and bioengineers for years. Cuttlefish and most other cephalopods -- the class of animals that also includes squid and octopus -- can change color to adapt to their surroundings in 300 milliseconds, or three-tenths of a second. Researchers have been attempting to mimic the process to create "artificial skin" and human camouflage.

Cuttlefish even made a short cameo in the recent blockbuster "Jurassic World." National Geographic also featured the flamboyant animals earlier this year in a video that shows a cuttlefish changing its color like a pulsating warning beacon. Pretty cool stuff.

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