Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures: Mimic Octopus

by Inga Yandell

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Dive into the fertile waters of the Lembeh Strait in Sulawesi in search of a very convincing disguise artist-the mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus). Allegedly capable of fifteen impersonations, this octopus can shift both shape and color to resemble a lionfish (Pterois), sea snake (Hydrophiinae), coral, and flatfish (Pleuronectiformes)!

Visit the series website for more fascinating videos and images from the ‘intrepid naturalist’ Nick Baker.


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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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