If you think you have eagle eyes or 20/20 vision, then you’re in for a challenge. The video below shows an outdoor setting with a cat somewhere in the background- it took me a minute to find it. You need to scour this image and look for the camouflaged cat that is hiding “in plain sight.” And I use quotations on those words because despite how it might sound, this quiz is not an easy one to finish. You’ll be struggling to get through it and find the feline frolicking in the field. Check out the YouTube video below and tell us how you did. Were you able to spot the cat?
When you press play on the video included below, you may be pleasant surprised to see that you have “5 minutes” to find the cat. But believe me, taking all the allotted time does not prove that you have eagle eyes. If you want to really test your gumption, try to find the cat within the first 20 seconds. If you do, then you really have something to brag about, because this cat is not easy to spot.
If you need some advice on finding camouflaged animals, here’s a tip:
Look for a disturbance in the pattern.
As you sweep your eyes back and forth over the image, look for anything that interrupts the pattern of the grass and the background. Although the colors will match very closely, you should be able to spot a difference in the landscape if you’re an eagle-eyed person.
Camouflage works in two ways. According to UCSB Science Line,
“The animal has particular markings or colors that allow it to blend in with its most “typical” environment (leopard spots to mimic the “dappled shadows” of the forest or a bird that has feather colors and patterns that blend with tall grass or tree bark, for example).”
Another person wrote on UCSB Science Line,
“One way animals camouflage themselves is by matching their background. Insects are really good at this because their exoskeletons (“shells”) can have so many different colors and patterns. Some squids and octopi are great at changing their color and behavior to match their background. Another way is by having patterns on their bodies that break up their outline.
This works like the camouflage that hunters and soldiers wear.A solid-colored object is easy to see because the background is usually a pattern of light and dark. An animal with patterns of light and dark blends in better. You can demonstrate this to yourself and your friends by coloring some objects a solid color and some a pattern of light and dark blotches, then and seeing which are easier to find.”
So, tell us, did you find the cat? Was it easier or more difficult than you expected? Let us know in the comments!