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Octopus Chronicles

Adventures and Discoveries with the Planet's Smartest Cephalopods

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

 

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

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