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Aquarium captures footage of hatching octopus

By T.K. Randall
February 11, 2018 · Comment icon 4 comments

The remarkable video shows the moment a young cephalopod emerges from its egg and changes color.
The footage, which was recorded at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, shows a juvenile Caribbean reef octopus wriggling out from a flowerlike group of eggs.

Immediately upon emerging, the octopus changes its pigment and then shoots off in to the water within the blink of an eye.

According to aquarium spokesman Matthew Klepeisz, this immediate change in color could be due to either the stress of being born or a natural instinct to camouflage as quickly as possible.

The footage, which was originally uploaded on to Facebook, has been viewed over 1.4 million times.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by joc 6 years ago
One million and one times.... that was a very short...awesome!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Matt221 6 years ago
Amazing he is a perfect little octopus
Comment icon #3 Posted by Keel M. 6 years ago
That was cool!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Andromedan StarSeed 6 years ago
I have seen it  on the news its  very cool and interesting  same  time,  even though its an instinct to keep them  alive its part of life cycle with animals when their parental isn't there to protect after they hatch. It depends what type of  an octopus and the coloring  after the stages of growth after being hatch form the  egg. I can be wrong on this its an worth awhile to see event happend.       

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