Amazing Video: Octopus Changes Color to Blend in with Fisherman’s Boat in about 2 Seconds


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Octopuses are the ninjas of the cephalopodic world. We’ve previously seen their transformations, but never as radically as this one.

A fisherman hauls up the octopus and tosses him down on the deck. At the 0:26 mark, this orange octopus hits that deck. By 0:28, he’s turned light gray, like the color of the boat.

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Not to bust the bubble here but...
Octopi turn white as a terror reflex. The octopus isn't trying to mimic the boat, it's scared out of its tiny cephalopod mind at being hooked and then dropped into the bottom of a boat, so the first thing it does is bleach in fear. The video cuts off, but you can see it starting to turn back to a wan brown at the end. If they'd dropped it onto a blue boat, it still would've turned white/gray.
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