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Still Waters

New species of giant octopus discovered

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Octopuses are masters of camouflage, but have you ever heard of an octopus that is so good at disguising itself as another octopus that marine biologists didn't even know it was a separate species?

What scientists are now calling the "frilled giant Pacific octopus" has been right under our noses the whole time - mistaken for the giant Pacific octopus, Enteroctopus dofleini. It's just that we didn't have enough evidence for a separate species, until now.

It doesn't have a scientific name, and it hasn't been fully described yet, but the frilled giant Pacific octopus has been confirmed using genetics.

https://www.sciencealert.com/frilled-giant-pacific-octopus-new-species-discovered

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DebDandelion

All that training(camouflage) paid off (for the octo).Maybe he wanted to finAlly reveal him/herself.

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seanjo

I wonder if all of these different types of different species ARE being correctly identified, only recently it was revealed that paleontologists had got a lot wrong because they identified different maturities of the same species as different species. i.e. an adolescent Triceratops was a different animal to a fully matured Triceratops.

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