Squid at Sunset Reef Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

“Upon returning from the reef after a night dive, I swam toward a bright reflection and came eye-to-eye with this beautiful, curious squid," said Charles Viggers, a Nature's Best photographer. Squids have organs in their skin called chromatophores that reflect light and can change color to help them blend into their surroundings, attract mates—or attract photographers.

They may not be as picturesque as Viggers's image, but we have other photos and videos of cephalopods on the Ocean Portal. You can catch a glimpse of a giant squid eye, watch a dumbo octopod swim, and hear Smithsonian zoologist Dr. Clyde Roper discuss the over-sized anatomy of the giant squid

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What a beautiful shot - and what a fantastic display! I'm always amazed at the color patterns squid can generate, but I've never seen one so gorgeous captured so exquisitely before. Congratulations and well done!