You’ve probably heard about the recent death of Paul the psychic octopus, who was able to predict accurately the results of last summer’s World Cup.
Now we can bring you another amazing octopus! Octopuses are thought to be one of the most intelligent invertebrates and can change the color and texture of their skin to blend in with rocks, algae, or coral to avoid predators. But until recently, an octopus with the ability to assume the appearance of another animal had never been observed.
Although mimicry is a fairly common survival strategy for creatures, the adaptable octopus is the first known species that can assume multiple guises of dangerous animals.
Mark Norman of the Melbourne Museum in Australia, along with fellow researchers Julian Finn of the University of Tasmania in Australia and Tom Tregenza of the University of Leeds in England, described the octopus mimic in the September 7, 2009, issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society of London.
Check out this spectacular video:
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