Wednesday, 25 January 2012 By: Jenny Vu

#6 A Master of Disguise

In the late 1990s, scientists discovered an octopus that could mimic the physical appearance and movements of up to 15 different species. It lives in southeast Asia around Indonesia.

Source: islandream
In the photos shown below, the mimic octopus impersonates a:

~ Sole Fish: The mimic octopus mimics this flat and posionous fish by pulling it's arms together and propelling itself along the ocean floor as if it was a swimming flat fish.
~ Lion Fish: It imitates this poisonous fish by swimming just above the ocean floor, with it's tentacles spread widely, trailing from it's body to look like the poisonous fins of the Lion fish.

~ Sea Snake: The octopus changes it's colour to take on the appearance of this yellow and black banded snake. It buries it's body into the sand, whilst waving around two of it's arms in opposite directions to impersonate two sea snakes.

This is one octopus unlike any other.

Watch this video to learn more about the amazing things the mimic octopus can do.



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