Octopi and cuttlefish are the ocean’s most talented masters of disguise

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Octopus, cuttlefish and other cephalopods are masters of camouflage, and they may be the closest thing on Earth to alien intelligence. To better understand them, a team of scientists took a one-of-a-kind camera to the South Pacific. Their goal: to see the ocean as no human has before.

In the Deep is a series by Quartz on the wonders of our oceans and the intrepid scientists seeking to understand them. From the depths of the ocean to vibrant coral reefs, we follow a new generation of explorers using cutting edge technology to push the frontiers of human understanding.