Octopus Vulgaris

Octopus-IMG_8944 An Octopus vulgaris with it’s primary defense to hide, either not to be seen at all, or by using camouflage so as not to be detected. The Octopus Vulgaris camouflage is aided by specialized skin cells that can change color, opacity and reflectivity. This color-changing ability can also be used to communicate with or warn other octopuses. They can also use muscles in their skin to change the texture of their mantle for an even better camouflage. The mantle can take on the spiked appearance of seaweed, or the bumpy texture of a rock, among other disguises. For more photos and videos click here
Photo was extracted from video footage of a Canon VIXIA HF G30 HD CamcorderOctopus Vulgaris 1 in an Ikelite Housing, two Bigblue VL2500P LED Video LightsOctopus Vulgaris 2 and one Big Blue VTL15000P Video Light.