Mimic Octopus Makes Home on Great Barrier Reef

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    Of all the amazing octopus species out there, the mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus, is perhaps the most bewildering. While most known octopuses are able to change color and shape for camouflage, mimic octopuses can also impersonate other animals to deter would-be predators. They can contort their bodies and long, striped arms to look--and swim--like other (less edible) sea life, including lionfish, sole and banded sea snakes.

    These implausible creatures were only first discovered by scientists in the 1990s in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Since then, the mimic octopuses have been found in various waters around that island country, but not too much farther afield. They are generally active during the day but live primarily on obscuring sandy or muddy sea floors--down to about seven meters.

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    Octopi are very intelligent. Thanks for the link!
     
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