Mimic Octopus

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    Near its sand lair.

    The mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus, lives in sandy areas in tropical waters. It is often found in silty regions close to river mouths, otherwise not the most attractive diving areas. There it hides in holes, with only the eyes sticking out. Hence, it was not discovered until 1998.

    To see a mimic octopus do its mimics, the dive guide sloooowly sneaks up on the animal, and then gently pushes it out with a short stick. The octopus then tries to confuse the would-be predators by mimicking all kinds of marine life, instead of trying to escape with speed. After a while, it finds a new hole in the sand or spot under a submerged log and disappears.

    ambyboy3, Platonic Adventure, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. AnnvW 40 months ago | reply

      Fascinating creature!

    2. Studio Skwit 40 months ago | reply

      good pic and thx for the info :-)

    3. Cruising, traveling & dive pics. 40 months ago | reply

      Great info..thz

      I select your photo to be a

      Top Class Underwater Photo


    4. Roberto Verzo 39 months ago | reply

      Nice picture of an interesting creature. I liked to read your text, too. Thanks.

    5. Die Grünwald 25 months ago | reply

      Nice picture. I saw, took and used it. In my blog (www.DieGruenwald.de).
      Thank you!

    6. Anita363 18 months ago | reply

      What an incredible creature! I had never heard of it. TFS!

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