We’re Betting You Can’t Spot The Octopus In This Video

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Just when you thought they couldn’t get any cooler, one octopus in the Caribbean seriously upped the ante.

In the video below, watch what happens when diver Jonathan Gordon tries to check out a seashell off the west coast of Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe. When he’s about three feet away, two big eyes suddenly appear and a neon blue octopus slowly inflates out of the ocean floor. The octopus looks downright other-worldly as it asserts itself.

“It took me completely by surprise the first time it happened,” Gordon, who lives in Guadeloupe and studies bacterial pathogens for the French research centre CIRAD, told The Huffington Post in an email. Gordon says he wasn’t filming the first time it happened, but that the octopus “went straight back into camouflage when I backed off, so I went back up for air and then filmed two more encounters.”

“I know that octopuses are masters of camouflage, but I’ve never seen such an amazing display in person,” Gordon said.

Octopuses — as well as their cousin cephalopods, squids and cuttlefish — have thousands of cells called chromatophores just below the surface of their skin. —> Read More Here


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