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Masters of Deception

Masters of Deception

Cephalopods including the blue-ringed octopus are disguised. (credit: UCB)


Octopus are 'masters of deception'. With their changeable colors and flexible bodies the marine animals can mimic many structural marine features in a myriad of disguises. They even make the ocean floor a speedy get away track. A video produced by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium offers an idea of their deceptively creative and mobile capabilities.

Likewise, a recent film, My Octopus Teacher, went even further into showcasing the impressive capabilities of octopus. It went on to win an Academy Award in the documentary category. They are likely one of the most 'alien' of creatures on Planet Earth. WHB

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