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Happy 8/8! Can You Spot These 8 Hiding Octopuses?

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Image courtesy of Flickr/Stephan Coquelet

We must wait patiently two more months until the official International Octopus Day. But August 8th (8/8) is reason enough to celebrate these awesome, eight-armed creatures.

But octopuses are the shy retiring type. With darn amazing camouflage. Even experienced underwater divers and scientists often have a difficult time spotting them (I sure did when I went looking for them as I researched my book).

So, in celebration of the unofficial day of the octopus (8/8), here are eight amazing octopuses hiding in plain sight. See if you can spot all of them!

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Vanishing: Image courtesy of Flickr/Matt Kieffer

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Rockin' Disguise: Image courtesy of Flickr/Dhammika Heenpella

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Nitty Gritty: Image courtesy of Flickr/Saspotato

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Splash of Color: Image courtesy of Flickr/Simone Carletti

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Arm-ature: Image courtesy of Flickr/Klaus Stiefel

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What?!: Image courtesy of Flickr/Simone Carletti

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Thorny: Image courtesy of Flickr/Thomas Petersen

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Fail: Image courtesy of Flickr/Saspotato

 

Learn more about the octopus’s incredible camouflage abilities in Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea.

Illustration courtesy of Ivan Phillipsen

 

Katherine Harmon Courage About the Author: Katherine Harmon Courage is a freelance writer and contributing editor for Scientific American. Her book Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature In the Sea is out now from Penguin/Current. Follow on Twitter @KHCourage.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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