Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Post Your Photos > Underwater Digital Photos

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Nov 18, 2009, 5:29 AM   #1
Moderator
 
Nagasaki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 897
Default Mimic Octopus From Lembeh.

Shot earlier today diving the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia.





Nagasaki is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Nov 18, 2009, 9:23 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Barracuba's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Newport Marina, Stoney Creek, Ontario
Posts: 656
Default

Great shots Amigo. Indonesia eh? Looking forward to more.
Barracuba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 21, 2009, 1:50 PM   #3
Moderator
 
Nagasaki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 897
Default

More to come now I'm home with a reliable connection.
Nagasaki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 19, 2010, 2:21 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 12
Default

Beautiful shots!the colours & technique.
__________________

aprillove20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 19, 2010, 3:05 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Eetu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
Posts: 2,212
Default

Superb shots you have! Clear as can be and good colour! Thanks
Eetu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 21, 2010, 10:49 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 1,990
Default

This is an incredible creature you have introduced us to. I never knew they exisited, and now not only do I know they exist, but you have provided some nice shots of them.

Quote:
The mimic octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus, is a species of octopus that has a strong ability to mimic other creatures. It grows up to 60 cm (2 feet) in length. Its normal colouring consists of brown and white stripes or spots.
Living in the tropical seas of South East Asia, it was not discovered officially until 1998, off the coast of Sulawesi. The octopus mimics the physical likeness and movements of more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, flounders, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp.[1][2] It accomplishes this by contorting its body and arms, and changing colour.
Many octopus species are extremely flexible. For example, one octopus the size of a volleyball can actually squeeze its entire body into a soft drink can.[3] If the mimic octopus has that flexibility, it would explain in part how it mimics other creatures.
Although all octopuses can change colour and texture, and many can blend with the sea floor, appearing as rocks, the mimic octopus is the first octopus species ever observed to impersonate other animals.[2][4]
Based on observation, the mimic octopus may decide which animal to impersonate depending on local predators. For example, when the octopus was being attacked by damselfish, it was observed that the octopus appeared as a banded sea snake, a damselfish predator. The octopus impersonates the snake by turning black and yellow, burying six of its arms, and waving its other two arms in opposite directions.[5]

Mimic Octopus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dave
Chato is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:06 PM.