Friday Squid Blogging: Steganography in the Longfin Inshore Squid
While the notion that a few animals produce polarization signals and use them in communication is not new, MÃ¤thger and Hanlonâs findings present the first anatomical evidence for a âhidden communication channelâ that can remain masked by typical camouflage patterns. Their results suggest that it might be possible for squid to send concealed polarized signals to one another while staying camouflaged to fish or mammalian predators, most of which do not have polarization vision.
MÃ¤thger notes that these messages could contain information regarding the whereabouts of other squid, for example. âWhether signals could also contain information regarding the presence of predators (i.e., a warning signal) is speculation, but it may be possible,â she adds.
Posted on October 22, 2010 at 4:31 PM • 13 Comments