Michael Bok, a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, filmed a video of a dead Longfin Inshore Squid (Loligo pealeii). Amazingly, the squid’s still-active chromatophores could be seen expanding and contracting, so Bok set the footage to Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major” to hypnotic effect.
Chromatophores, pigment-filled cells controlled by the animal’s muscles, are responsible for manipulating a squid’s changing color patterns. Who needs art when you have biology? [via io9]