The Mimic Octopus:-South East Asia (Video Included)

The Mimic Octopus is a species of octopus that has a strong ability to mimic other creatures. It grows up to 60 cm (2 feet) in length. Its normal colouring consists of brown and white stripes or spots. This is the most amazing creature to watch. When I first watched the video I just couldn’t believe what this Octopus could do.

Living in the tropical seas of South East Asia, it was not discovered officially until 1998, off the coast of Sulawesi. The octopus mimics the physical likeness and movements of more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, flounders, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp. It accomplishes this by contorting its body and arms, and changing colour.

Although all octopuses can change colour and texture, and many can blend with the sea floor, appearing as rocks, the mimic octopus is the first octopus species ever observed to impersonate other animals.

Learn more about this amazing animal in Wikipedia.

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18 Responses to The Mimic Octopus:-South East Asia (Video Included)

  1. Rebekah says:

    What a beautiful, awesome creature! One just never ceases to get amazed…

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Rebekah,
      It is beautiful in it’s own way, and to think “officially” it didn’t exist until 1998, it just goes to show I feel, there is so much still to be learned, and discovered.

  2. travelrat says:

    I hope it never comes across a set of bagpipes 😀

  3. No way! That’s amazing. Let’s be sure Charles sees this because we know how much he loves these creatures.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi AA,
      This octopus really is amazing, the way it can turn itself into other creatures of the sea, without hardly any effort, it really is unique in it’s own way.

  4. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    I enjoyed this video tremendously. It is quite the pacifist ocean creature, using the technique of guise and camouflage to deal with its enemies. Thank you, magsx2!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Snoring Dog Studio,
      It is a good way to deal with their enemy’s, this octopus should be marked as the star of it’s species, to have such a natural instinct to know what animal to turn itself into at any given moment, a wonder to behold.

  5. Barbara Rodgers says:

    A clever master of disguise – amazing how it knows just which camouflage to use in each different situation! I wonder what other marvelous creatures are yet to be discovered!

  6. souldipper says:

    What a fascinating creature. Thanks for being my teacher, Mags!

  7. Selma says:

    That is absolutely incredible. I have never heard of that octopus. What a fascinating creature – so clever the way it eludes predators. WOW.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Selma,
      I feel the same way, there is just so much we don’t know about our creatures of the sea, it is always nice to find out someone has actually caught something different on tape, and then discovered all these different things that it can actually do.

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