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Mimic Octopus: Master of Disguise


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Categories: Biology   |   Environmental   |   Science  
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This is the mimic octopus. A master of disguise.

In its natural state, the mimic octopus is a light beige color.

And like most octopi can change its skin pigment to blend in with its surroundings, but the mimic octopus takes things to another level altogether

Found in Indonesia and in the Great Barrier Reef, it’s an octopus that is so intelligent, when it feels threatened, it can fool possible predators into thinking that it is in fact, another, more deadly species. It does this by changing its color, shape and perhaps most interestingly the way it moves and behaves.

It is reputed to be able to impersonate 15 other kinds of sea creature, the most notable being the poisonous flatfish, deadly sea snakes, and the highly venomous lionfish. It’s thought that even though these impersonations aren’t flawless, they can give the crafty octopus enough time to escape before the predator realizes it’s been duped. The mimic octopus was discovered relatively recently, in 1998 - possibly because up until then, it had done such a good job of blending in!

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