The Mimic Octopus

Via Marginal Revolution comes this amazing video of the mimic octopus, a recently discovered chameleonic octopus which lives near Indonesia and Malaysia:

We’ve all encountered amazing examples of mimicry before – butterfly mimicry comes to mind – but, as the scientists who discovered the octopus write in their paper, the mimic octopus is unusual in its use of „dynamic mimicry”:

[D]ynamic mimicry has the unique advantage that it can be employed facultatively, with the octopus adopting a form best suited to the perceived threat at any given time.

A great example of the weirdness and intelligence of the octopus.

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