Octopus changes color while swimming, internet says ‘real magic’

The octopus is seen changing its colors according to its surroundings.

The animal kingdom is full of surprises. Many species have unique and unusual abilities that not only help them fight off predators but also keep them safe in adverse situations. Among these animals are octopuses that inhabit the deep sea.

A video circulating on social media shows the amazing ability of an octopus to change colors according to its surroundings.

The 23-second video posted to Twitter by Wonder of Science shows cephalopods moving around the sea floor and changing the color of their skin according to the animals around.

The camera follows the slugs around until they rest on the ground and change their appearance to a shell-like substance.

The video was attributed to Nick Ruberg and has been viewed more than 1.5 million times. Originally Posted by ViralHog in 2016The video is spreading quickly again.

Twitter users were fond of octopus and flooded social media with their reactions.

“So it changes not only the color but the texture of its flesh? How?” asked one user. “Amazing! That’s the real mystery,” said another, posting a picture of the popular character from the X-Men comic books.

“You know octopuses actually have light-reflecting properties like how chameleons have light-reflecting crystals to camouflage, and if I had the strength of a mantis shrimp, I’d be invincible. Because it turns water into plasma by punching and creating cavity bubbles,” one user posted.

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Octopuses have always surprised the inhabitants of the Earth with their large heads and claws. A few years ago, a video of a rainbow-coloured ‘blanket octopus’ left the internet stunned.

The marine animal was photographed at night in the Lembe Strait, Indonesia. The video showed a single octopus swimming in the water, creating a rainbow-colored blanket-like silhouette that is actually meant to scare potential attackers away.

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