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Watch this octopus change colors as it dreams

An octopus dreaming

Octopuses can light up in different colors when they dream.

That’s according to a marine biologist who captured this octopus snoozing away in a fish tank.

The neuroprocessing abilities of cephalopods (i.e. brain with tentacles attached) like the octopus activate their color-changing cells in response to their environments.

The shift to a more darker color represents the octopuses movement off the seafloor while the camouflage sequence mimics the change that happens when octopuses hide from prey.

Watch the snippet below and the entire clip on PBS.

By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger and curious explorer of the world who connects the dots between life, arts, and knowledge.

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