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Aquarium captures footage of hatching octopus


Posted on Sunday, 11 February, 2018 | Comment icon 5 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.

Source: Phys.org | Comments (5)

Tags: Octopus

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by joc on 11 February, 2018, 1:32
One million and one times.... that was a very short...awesome!
Comment icon #2 Posted by seanjo on 11 February, 2018, 13:40
Wonderful, and very intelligent creatures.....and tasty to boot!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Matt221 on 11 February, 2018, 16:35
Amazing he is a perfect little octopus
Comment icon #4 Posted by Keel M. on 11 February, 2018, 23:31
That was cool!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Andromedan StarSeed on 12 February, 2018, 1:27
I have seen it on the news its very cool and interesting same time, even though its aninstinctto 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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