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Octopus camouflaging itself in an unusual way - video

When a diver spotted this octopus, he couldn’t help but capture the changing colours of its body on camera. Trying to protect itself from potential predators, the sea creature looks like it is lighting up as it tries to blend in with its surroundings. As the animal swims along the bottom, the camera tracks its
Published: April 10, 2018 - 15:15
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 16:44
Octopus camouflaging itself in an unusual way – video

When a diver spotted this octopus, he couldn’t help but capture the changing colours of its body on camera. Trying to protect itself from potential predators, the sea creature looks like it is lighting up as it tries to blend in with its surroundings.

As the animal swims along the bottom, the camera tracks its every movement, capturing an amazing light show on film. Hector Seguin Jr filmed the octopus while diving at Ewa Pinnacles, on the island of O’ahu in Hawaii. The 52-year-old from Honolulu said:

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[blockquote style=”2″]”The octopus tries to blend in with its surroundings because octopuses have pigment cells called chromatophores, which means they can control the colour and patterns on their skin.”[/blockquote]

They change colour in an attempt to camouflage themselves and protect themselves from predators. The clear and blue ocean water makes the octopus clearly visible in the clip. And as the diver swims along the reef, the octopus continues its journey, hiding among the rocks. Its colours change as it travels along the seabed, and sometimes it seems as if reflections of light are flitting across its body.

It seems clear that Hector holds the underwater world in high regard. In his own words:

[blockquote style=”2″]”While diving, I spotted this particular octopus lying right next to me on the reef. It was really amazing to see it with my own eyes – all creatures of the underwater world are extraordinary in their own way.”[/blockquote]

Source: mirror.co.uk

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