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Deadly Hide and Seek: 17 Examples of Nature’s Best Camouflage

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posted on May, 11 2011 @ 06:34 AM
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Like something seen out of the corner of your eye, or a trick of the shadows, it can be startling when something doesn’t appear as you thought it did.
There’s an entire subset of wonderful creatures who utilize camouflage to evade predators. These niche practitioners of the art of stealth and camouflage have evolved with fantastic results.





Phasmatodea, otherwise known as stick insects, are masters of the art of blending into their surroundings. Evolved to the point that they almost identically mimic the plants on which they reside, these walking bundles of sticks even move with a rocking motion that helps fool predators.
There are over 3,000 varieties and are apparently great to keep as pets.





Not all frogs are as conspicuous as Kermit and his celebrity seeking friends. The frogs that like to blend into their environment do it incredibly well. As can be seen in the photos above, if one didn’t realize there was a frog in some of them, it would be nearly impossible to see.





Walking leaves are some of the greatest mimics in the animal kingdom. These insects have bodies that are incredibly detailed, with wavy bodies and faux leaf veins. Their realistic coloration makes these insects nearly impossible to distinguish from their surrounding leaf cover.





Oceans are full of dangerous wide open spaces with little to no cover for possible prey. Many creatures have evolved to hide expertly among the clutter on the ocean floor. Sea horses are able to emulate gently swaying kelp, and some fish look almost identical to surrounding rocks. Some flounder have evolved incredibly, with entirely flat bodies and perfect coloration.





Humans have spent a lot of research and effort into emulating the camouflage skills of our natural counterparts, through use of computer generated color schemes, and good old fashioned ingenuity. There are few skills as valuable for survival as the ability to blend into one’s environment.


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posted on May, 11 2011 @ 06:40 AM
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I like power of nature...nice pics



posted on May, 11 2011 @ 07:16 AM
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That fish in the sand is very well camoflauged. Makes you wonder how some of those animals evolved and are able to do that.
Always wanted one of those sniper suits as well.
Great pics



posted on May, 11 2011 @ 07:16 AM
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what an excellent OP! thank you for sharing those images, they are fun to look at. someone else had a recent post with a YouTube video of a Lizard of some sort changing its colors to blend in with the items it was near. at the end of the vid the lizard was near a set-up of different brightly colored items and in turn the lizard put on a little 'rainbow' effect. it was amazing to see this.

thank you elevenaugust



posted on May, 11 2011 @ 07:44 AM
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Makes one wonder what is the chance that nature had 'evolved' such a high degree of camouflage simply by 'natural selection', if the evolution theory is to be believed!

The beauty lies in the fact that the animal is so well camouflaged from the perspective of the potential hunter, which is very difficult to asses from the prey's perspective. The right camouflage has to 'evolve' over time without any kind of feedback mechanism from the hunter's perspective, which in my view, is a minuscule probability.



posted on May, 28 2011 @ 11:28 AM
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What a fascinating thread you have going here. Some great finds. I would like to add a few photos that fit in with the very interesting topic and today's subject of interest CAMOUFLAGE!

Lets first start with my favorite, the walking sticks.











A Cuttlefish


A Fox?


An Iguana


A Jeep


Urban Camouflage


??? Person at a desk?



posted on May, 28 2011 @ 12:19 PM
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Originally posted by newcovenant

Urban Camouflage



Thanks! Great examples too.
Is there really someone at the desk?


Anyway, I liked the "urban camouflage as well, here are some others funny examples:






The reaction from employees, store management and customers varied from laughter and delight to aversion and anger, with some not even noticing that anything was out of place. But surprisingly, most customers didn’t even blink an eye when a pile of boxes or leather gloves got up and began walking.


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posted on May, 28 2011 @ 12:40 PM
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Wow. These are really something.
People can be so creative and strange. It is a beautiful thing!
Thanks for sharing.



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