Google’s Earth-Day Animal Feature – Part 1: Cuttlefish

As I once mentioned, I only found out I was part of #pangolination when Google told me on Earth Day 2015 that I was a pangolin.  However, many of my friends received similar information but for a different species.  So to honor all my less fortunate friends who were not pangolins, I’ll discuss the choices you could have gotten briefly, one a week.

If you missed out on the fun, you can still take the Google Earth Day Quiz here.

Read more about the quiz and its purpose in the Google Doodle archive, one of the few places you’ll ever find Dr. Jane Goodall, Ed Norton, and Jared Leto together and in agreement!

But from the 12 chosen animals the wheel of fate today lands on the Cuttlefish!

Google might have told you that you're a cuttlefish - what does that mean?
Google might have told you that you’re a cuttlefish – what does that mean?

So now you’re a cuttlefish.  Google notes that you have the highest brain:body ratio of all invertebrates, and that you can change color at will.  So what’s the deal there?

National Geographic does a great job explaining all the major talking points: how they are masters of camoflague, how they can change and even strobe colors, how their tongues are INSANE.  It’s one of the most interesting cephalopods out there!

Watch as this cuttlefish fades from view by changing it's skin color and texture to blend perfectly.  They can also become clear!
Watch as this cuttlefish fades from view by changing it’s skin color and texture to blend perfectly. They can also become clear!

Again, many other people have already summarized the most interesting facts, but I’ll give you some spoilers – their blood is green, they have 3 hearts, their bones are gas filled, and one of the over 120 species (the ‘Flamboyant Cuttlefish’) has poisonous skin!  Check out more here and here.

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There’s a lot more to know about this animal (about its behavior, habitat, carnivorous diet and cannibalistic tendencies) which I hope you take some time to look up on your own.  We’ll be back tomorrow with our namesake animal, the pangolin!

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