The animal kingdom is full of surprises. Many species have unique and extraordinary abilities that not only help them fight off predators, but also protect them in difficult situations. Among these animals are octopuses, which inhabit the deep seas.
A video that has gone viral on social media shows the incredible ability of an octopus to change color depending on its environment.
Posted to Twitter by Wonder of Science, the 23-second video shows the cephalopod moving across the seabed and changing its skin color depending on the surrounding wildlife.
An incredible example of color changing and camouflage by an octopus filmed off the coast of Mozambique.
Credit: Nick Rubergpic.twitter.com/PBY4tXcCTy
— Wonder of science (@wonderofscience) July 6, 2022
The camera follows the mollusk until it lands on the ground and changes its appearance to a shell-like substance.
The video has been credited to Nick Ruberg and viewed over 1.5 million times. Originally posted by ViralHog in 2016, the video is going viral again.
Twitter users were in love with the octopus and flooded social media with their reactions.
“So it not only changes the color but also the texture of his flesh? How?” asked one user. “Amazing! This is the real Mystique,” another captioned, posting a photo of the popular X-Men comic book character.
“You know that octopuses actually have light-reflecting properties, like how chameleons have light-reflecting crystals to camouflage themselves and if I had the power of the Mantis Shrimp, I would be invincible. Because it turns water into plasma by perforating and creating cavitation bubbles,” one user posted.
Octopuses have always surprised the inhabitants of the earth with their big heads and tentacles. A few years ago, a video of a rainbow-colored “octopus-blanket” left internet users spellbound.
The sea animal was filmed at night in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. The video showed a blanket octopus swimming through the water, creating a rainbow-hued blanket-like silhouette that is actually meant to scare off would-be attackers.
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