Active kids Research Wing is in serious discussion on the topic CAMOUFLAGE with their teacher. Let’s join them in their Project Lab.
Dear students, today we are going to discuss about the phenomenon called Camouflage. Do you know what it is? Rohan: I think it’s something related to certain animals. Teacher: That’s right. It’s nature’s gift to certain animals to protect themselves. Seema: Madam, I didn’t get it. Would you explain a little more? Teacher: Of course, Camouflage is the use of any combination of materials, coloration or illumination for concealment. This is done either by making animals or objects hard to see or by disguising them as something else. Can you give an example? Anwar: Yes Madam, Chameleon. Teacher: Absolutely right. The most common example is Chameleon. It can change its skin colour using specialised cells - Chromatophores to resemble it’s background. But remember, there are many animals using camouflage in various ways. Certain fish and frogs change colour by moving pigmentcontaining bodies. Fathima: I’ve watched a program on Animal Planet about certain animals having disruptive pattern such as contrasting or non-repetitive spots/ stripes. Teacher: Yes, the disruptive patterns helps to defeat visual systems. Predators like the leopard use disruptive camouflage to help them approach