Category Archives: Polarization in Nature

Polarization camouflage

Silvery fish—such as the school of short-finned batfish (Zabidus novemaculeatus) shown here—appear obvious when held in the hand, but it has been known for decades that their mirrored sides are an excellent form of camouflage when viewed in their natural habitats. However, because biological mirrors may change the polarization of light, the polarization vision of…
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