Ink cloud distracts predators: octopus
The ink cloud emitted by an octopus when threatened aids escape because it resembles the shape of the octopus.
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"Sometimes the ink cloud itself resembles the blobby shape of an octopus and acts as a decoy, allowing the octopus to escape while the predator eyes the blob." (Crump 2005:109)
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Shape-based jets that control shape of output. Nontoxic inks and dyes.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Ink-jet printing, liquid extrusion technologies, paper, textiles