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Octopus Imitates Poisonous Fish August 27, 2010

Posted by stuffilikenet in Octopus, Video.
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BBC reports that Thaumoctopus mimicus has been spotted imitating the peacock or zebra sole, poisonous fish also found in the waters off Indonesia.  Our local Director of the Center for Applied biodiversity Informatics at the California Academy of Sciences suggests the clever little guy only has to be convincing for a second: "While the mimic octopus’s imitation of flatfish is far from perfect, it may be ‘good enough’ to fool predators where it lives… In the time it takes a predator to do a double take, the octopus may be able to get away," according to Dr. Healy Hamilton.

Click the photo for the BBC article, with a little video snippet of authentic octopus-imitating-flatfish action.

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