As animals go, you’d imagine the majestic squid to have some excellent dance moves. An eight-armed cephalopod would probably be better at breaking, locking and body-poppin’ than, say, a sparrow. Imagine no longer! A group of scientists in a collective called Backyard Brains (band name anyone?) from Massachusetts placed suctions electrodes on a squid they were experimenting with (squids don’t actually have ears, it’s about electrical impulses, which is why it looks like Mr Squid got rhythm).
Here’s more from our rock star scientists: “The video is a view through an 8x microscope zoomed in on the dorsal side of the caudal fin of the squid. We used a suction electrode to stimulate the fin nerve. Chromatophores are pigmeted cells that come in 3 colors: Brown, Red, and Yellow. Each chromatophore is lined with up to 16 muscles that contract to reveal their color”. Which is why it looks a little like an underwater versions of one of Damien Hirst’s spot paintings.
Watch the video above. It’s gobsmacking. Dance, squiddy, dance!