Fish Change Color in a Flash

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/10/15/tidal-pool-fish-camouflage-color-animal-science/

Scientists just discovered that the rockpool goby fish and other tidepool fish can actually change color! Yes, change color like an octopus or a chameleon. Most scientists ignored the fact that some fish can change color until a study published on October 15, 2014 in the journal PLOS One. That journal was the first to measure that ability in a fish. The research showed that using color change for camouflage is more common in the animal kingdom than they thought. The fish can make itself brighter, darker, or any color to blend in with its habitat.  The wide range of different backgrounds and tide waves makes the goby’s habitat a very challenging environment for such a tiny fish. These fish have a hard time staying away from predators that treat the intertidal zone like a buffet.

Researchers from all over the world agree that the rockpool goby might benefit from being able to change color rapidly. I picked this article because not many people know that fish can change color. They should know fish can do many things and this is one of them. I think fish are more than an animal biting on a  hook, thats why I wrote this article to show you one of the things many fish are capable of. It’s unbelievable how they can change color to blend in with their environment. Even biology experts were amazed how fast and well they can change color. At the same time everybody is questioning why every animal isn’t able to do this. In my opinion, I think one day almost every animal will be able to change color. Also, I think researchers will be wondering why they don’t change color and less of why they do.

by Sydney 4M

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1 Response to Fish Change Color in a Flash

  1. cduggan says:

    Great! I wish I could change colors too!

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