In open water, most octopus species are extremely vulnerable to predators. Because of this, they tend to avoid open areas, preferring to hide amongst rocks and corals along the ocean floor.
But the Indonesian Mimic Octopus isn’t your average tentacled invertebrate. These creatures have extremely well-developed systems of camouflage and mimicry.
One minute, the octopus is a flounder, the next it’s a lion fish, and just moments later, it’s a sea snake!
Check out some of these amazing adaptations in the video below:
These adaptations allow this unique species to move freely in areas where other octopi would never even dream of going.
Mimic octopuses typically forage for small crustaceans and fish in the sand along the ocean floor, but they are also known to stalk their prey from time to time.
You can learn more about these amazing creatures courtesy of Dive the World here.