Saturday, February 26, 2005

Cuttlefish Torture Chamber... I mean, experimental tank

Here is where all of these hours (and yes, literally hours) of video capture occur.

The reason it takes so long is because we need to give the cuttlefish time to acclimate to its new surroundings which are understandingly very stressful: bright lights, unnatural checkboard substrate, big thing which follows its every movement (the camera, not me). Each cuttlefish is different and reacts differently. Some acclimate quickly and settle quickly. Some are slower to settle. Some seem to sleep through the whole experiment and some almost seem like they are twiddling their thumbs, er, their arms. Some just seem to like to ink and piss you off. Each one is an individual.


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