23 August 2003
The octopus, 'too recent a discovery to have a scientific name' (obfuscation takes time...), goes one step beyond the standard octopus talent for colour-changing to rapid shape-shifting to impersonate other sea creatures (including lionfish, sea snakes and the previously-mentioned dreadful flatfish). And apparently it's this range of mimicry that makes it harder for predators to realise the octopuses are imposters.
I want the mimic octopus added to the Robot Zoo (please).
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Tracked on 7 Jan 2010 22:17:19
Not a good idea. These octopus' are very rare and are known to be expensive and only live a few days in the posession of professionals. Holding one in captivity would probably be a waste of money and a life. But they are rather cool.
Posted by: Josh Siefring at 13 Feb 2004 02:21:38