The Mimic Octopus May Be One Of The Most Incredible Creatures Ever Discovered

As you can probably guess the Mimic Octopus got its name from the fact that it often copies the behaviors of other types of animals in the water. They do this in order to trick the predators into leaving them alone.

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    Meet The Mimic Octopus

    They are not very large, in fact they are only two feet when they are fully grown. They have a normal coloring that spans brown and white. They also have stripes and spots on them that aid in blending into their surroundings. Similar to other types of Octopus they can change their colors to blend in when necessary. Any changes in their environment can trigger this change.

    Location

    The Mimic Octopus is found in South East Asia. Along the coast of Sulawesi is where most of them are located. This is a fairly new type of species that was identified in 1998. It is believed that there could be other habitat locations for them that simply haven’t been found yet. They seem to prefer warmer muddy waters.

    Behaviors

    The Mimic Octopus is fascinating to watch due to the fact that they act like several other sea creatures. For example the Mimic Octopus will move along through the water mimicking the movements of an eel. That have also been sighted acting like stingrays, jellyfish, and even starfish. Outside of mimicking the movements of these animals they have also been recorded turning their body into similar colors of the animals they are mimicking.

    Scientist believe that they are extremely intelligent and that they choose an animal to mimic based upon the types of predators that are in the area. It has also been determined that thy have an excellent memory. They ensure their own survival by mimicking predators that other animals will not bother.

    They are one of the few species of Octopus that create their own tunnels and burrows. This helps protect them from various predators. At the same time this allows them to take down their prey without a battle.

    Food

    The Mimic Octopus has plenty of food sources to choose from. They are commonly seen around the bays of Malaysia. Their diet mainly consist of worms, crabs, and small species of fish. They have also been known to be cannibals.

    Most cannibal creatures will feed on each other out of necessity. The Mimic Octopus will eat on each other even if there is plenty of food. Experts believe that this act has nothing to do with survival, however, it is more about maintaining control over a particular territory.

    Reproduction

    The Mimic Octopus has an incredible reproduction process. The male places a sac of sperm inside of the mantle of the female. Within a few months of doing so the male will die. The female will then carry the sperm sac for several months until her eggs are ready to be laid.

    The female will lay strings of eggs and then use the sperm to fertilize them. She keeps the string of eggs tucked protectively under one of her arms. Her suckers will prevent them from falling into the water as she moves around. As the eggs are ready to hatch she will die. The young are left to fend for themselves from the instant they hatch.

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