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If you read my article on jellyfish you know I have a fearful love of the ocean. It’s filled with wondrous creatures that captivate me and strike fear into my heart simultaneously. A week or so ago I was flipping through TV and landed on a show about nature’s most interesting shapeshifters or something to that effect. It featured all types of insects and birds, but the one that caught my interest the most was the Mimic octopus.
- As you may have guessed this particular Mollusca gets its name from the amazing ability to change form, it’s pretty much both Wonder Twins wrapped into one.
- The Mimic octopus is smaller than most octopuses, only topping out at 2 feet in length.
- Changes in environment aid all octopuses in changing color to blend in with their background, but the mimic is the only octopus to take forms of other animals.
- It’s home is in areas of South East Asia, Sulawesi is home to a majority of them.
- The Mimic octopus wasn’t discovered until 1998, scientists believe there could be many other habitats of Mimic octopuses that haven’t been discovered yet.
- They are known to mimic jellyfish, eels, stingrays, and starfish by changing their shape, color, and movements.
- Scientists believe they change their form based on what types of predators are in the area.
- They are one of few types of Octopus that can dig holes and move through the sand on the ocean floor.
- Mimic’s eat worms, crabs, and small fish.
- They’ve been known to turn to cannibalism even when there are ample food sources around. Cannibalistic behavior is more than likely used to maintain control over territories.
- In Mimic reproduction, both parent octopuses are dead by the time the babies are hatched. They must fend for themselves immediately, it’s no wonder they have evolved into such an amazing creature.