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Masters of Deception

Masters of Deception

Cirrate octopuses (credit: MBARI)

 

The octopus and their Cephalopod relatives are 'masters of deception' combining changeable skin colorations with their shapeshifting bodies. These marine creatures can make speedy getaways by racing along on the bottom of the ocean floor or turn themselves into what appears to be a rock  deceiving potential predators. The documentary My Octopus Teacher showcased these capabilities well in its engaging story of a diver following one octopus.

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium produced a video of their own investigations into the deceptively creative, camoflaguing capabilities of octopus. Marine shapeshifters indeed! WHB

 

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