An octopus mimic?

Posted: 27 August 2010 by BBC news:   A unique octopus adaptation has been discovered – impersonating a deadly fish to scare off predators.   By turning a mottled color and swimming in an undulating fashion, the octopus very closely resembles a local species of toxic flatfish.   Similar to mimics of the coral snake, monarch butterfly, and wasp, this species “co-opts” the defenses of another species without actually having having to incur the cost of the defense.   I am always amazed at the complexity and beauty of octopus behavior.   This is no exception!     To see the original article and a very cool video, click the link below:

Talented octopus dupes predators by impersonating fish

Photo courtesy of the BBC

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