What wonders lie just outside the realm of our understanding?

I constantly feel like the natural world is leaving me with a renewed sense of wonder and awe. And the best part? We have only just scratched the surface when it comes to learning about some of the planet’s most incredible creatures.

Of the remarkable ways creatures have developed to camouflage in their surrounds, squids, octopi, and cuttlefish have some the most remarkable color and shapeshifting abilities.

For as awe inspiring as these defense mechanisms are, we know relatively little about how these creatures are able to change everything from their skin color to their skin texture.

What we have learned in recent years, though, is yet another example of the limitless potential the process of evolution has to innovate and solve even the most complex problems.

Take a moment with this fascinating video from PBS’s Deep Look, and you’ll understand what I mean…

Via: Deep Look 1

Squid skin innovation…

We live on an amazing planet filled with a treasure trove of species all perfectly adapted to the worlds in which they dwell. The diversity of species on this planet is one of our greatest assets as innovators. For nearly every problem there is out there, nature has found a way to solve it. And, spent millions of years testing the solution.

I am excited by a future where innovation will find inspiration in nature. Where we will see ourselves not above the natural world but a part of it, as its students. The future belongs to those that turn to our planet for answers, and remain curious about the natural world.

As we continue to make discoveries in biology and the natural sciences, it benefits ALL of us to learn about them. To move forward as a planet, we must first see ourselves as the citizen scientists ready to truly find wonder in this world!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. “You’re Not Hallucinating. That’s Just Squid Skin. | Deep Look.” YouTube. Deep Look, 08 Sept. 2015. Web. 11 Oct. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wtLrlIKvJE>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV