Octopus perfectly camouflaged when a rock suddenly swims away from diver in a cloud of ink
Incredible moment an octopus perfectly camouflaged while a rock suddenly swims away from the diver in a cloud of ink
- Images of the octopus were captured by a diver while swimming in the French Riviera
- Diver swims through seaweed before the camera is focused on ragged rock mass
- Octopus bursts off the rock and swims away and hides ink as he flees
This is the amazing moment when an octopus surprised a diver with his incredible color-changing camouflage as he hid himself in sight.
Images were captured by a free diver while he swam in the crystal clear waters of the French Riviera.
While the diver is swimming through the water, he uses his hand to point to the floor and to what looks like rocks and seaweed.
Images were captured by a free diver while he swam in the crystal clear waters of the French Riviera
On the way to the bottom, the diver swims through seaweed before pointing the camera at ragged rock masses.
But the rock does not seem to be what it seems, for suddenly an octopus bursts from the rock and swims away in hidden, squirting ink as it flees.
The incredible octopus alternated between its natural brown complexion and the deep sea green of its surroundings.
It had settled in one place and changed color to blend seamlessly with the surrounding reef.
Octopuses are highly intelligent animals that have evolved to control their marine environment and that are unique in the animal kingdom for many reasons – for example with three hearts.
An octopus is bursting from the rock and swims away in hidden, squirting ink as it flees
Camouflage is just one of their remarkable methods of self-preservation.
Octopuses are part of the cephalopod family, including squid and squid, and many of these animals have chromataphors in their skin.
With these special pigment cells, they can control the color of their skin, just like chameleons.
They can also change the texture of their skin to blend better.
The diver said: ‘During a freedive in the French Riviera, gently approaching the Posidonia, the octopus uses its best camouflage. When he saw me, he changed color and disappeared. ”
The incredible octopus alternated between its natural brown complexion and the deep sea green of its surroundings