Thursday, October 28, 2010

Behold the Mimic Octopus

Many cephalopods such as octopuses and squid have amazing control over their skin color and texture, both to hide them from would-be predators AND to give them a leg up (8 legs up?) on their prey.

Apart from the bright blue eye spot, this octopus is very successfully camouflaged.

Oh, and to put it to rest: don't worry about the plural of octopus. Strictly speaking it's 'octopodes' because the -pus ending is Greek (as opposed to Latin). Nobody uses that though, so octopi or octopuses is just as good.


  1. That thing is pretty amazing. I'm also not sure what the hell it was trying to mimic at the end...a turkey squirrel person dog?

  2. Very Cool. Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Octopus can mimic an awesome meal by jumping into my grill with some paprika and french fries! :)

  4. Mmmm Octopus.
    Nice!! One of my profs reminded me yesterday of the existance of Amphioctopus marginatus (coconut octopus or veined octopus). The ones that look like they are walking with a coconut husk on their back.
    Mmmm Coconut Octopus.

  5. Had no idea they existed :O.

    I can see it now, fusing DNA with man...