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Razzle Dazzle

16 June 2013

The Migration is on its way to Lamai, some of it has moved into the Grumeti reserve, but some of it can be seen within a two hour drive from the camp, thousands of Zebras collectively known as a 'Dazzle' mingle with their fellow migrants the Wilderbeest. The Stripes on a Zebra are thought to confuse their predators making it more difficult for them to single out an individual. This form of camoflage known as disturptive markings has been used by the US navy in the past.

Anon, photograph of the USS West Mahomet in dazzle camouflage, 1918. Courtesy US Naval Historical and Heritage Command, NH 1733
I am not sure how well it worked against opposition warships, but I am sure it kept the Sea lions at bay.

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