Ask A Scientist: The amazing shape shifting octopus

From Hill’s Hope Academy, homeschoolers in Plano, Illinois:

That first picture of the octopus is amazing!  But later you show it very small in the palm of your hand.  Does is really get that small? Or are they two different creatures?

 

 

 

 

Yes, all of the photos are of the same octopus.

What I found most amazing was how quickly the octopus was able to change not just its size and color but the color and texture of its skin too. The octopus is a master of camouflage.

Check out this Roger Hanlon video from NPR’s Science Friday and see if you can spot the octopus.

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