note to The Museum of Natural History
The poem is in part inspired by dialogue overheard from the National Geographic Channel's "World's Weirdest: Freaks in the Ocean" produced by National Geographic Television. Specifically the line "Whether the goal is camouflage, confusion or copulation..."
Executive producer for the program is Gil Pimentel. Associate producers are Will Halicks, Jordan Harrell and Kristin Spinner. The program is written by David Newland and edited by Scott Ressler.