Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Marine Life Videos: Mimic Octopus Videos

The Mimic Octopus, scientifically called Thaumoctopus mimicus, is one of the rarest species of Octopus. The Mimic Octopus has an fascinating characteristics to mimic other sea creatures, which is why are the named so. These octopuses have incredible ability to copy the physical likenesses and gestures of other animals and have been found to impersonate as many as fifteen different forms. They can copy sea snakes, lion fish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, stingrays, flounders, jellyfish, and even sea anemones, sea shells and mantis shrimp, by by contorting its body structure. Mimic Octopus can also change colors! 60 cm (2 feet) in length at the maturity, with brown and white stripes or spots covering its body, this amazing marine animal wasn't discovered until 1998, off the coast of Sulawesi. Before that divers came across the mimic octopuses a multiple times but they thought them to be other common animals which they were mimicking. If this mistake hadn't been done before Mimic Octopus would have been officially discovered much before 1998. Watch out this astonishing marine video of mimic octopus.


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