At First I Thought It Was Normal Algae. But When They Zoomed In? WHOA! UNBELIEVABLE!

Underwater life is full of mystery and fascination. Unexpected things show up at unexpected times. If you want an example, look no further than what you will see in this clip. This section from a TED Talk by David Gallo shows an amazing clip that left the audience gasping in their seats.

Octopuses have few offensive capabilities. Camouflage is their main defense against predators. According to the Smithsonian Institute, octopuses have thousands of cells in their bodies called chromatophores which allow them to quickly change the color of their skin and blend in with their surroundings. They can also match the texture of their surroundings by changing the projections on their skin to look like nearby algae or rocks allowing them to create a near perfect camouflage.

Their defense mechanisms are genius and you can watch them in action here. Or can you? See if you can find the octopus when this clip begins. I don’t want to give anything away because I want you to be surprised, like I was. Just wait until the octopus gets spooked by the camera man and watch what he does.

David Gallo goes on to briefly explain how the octopus hides and proceeds to show the video backwards in slow motion so we can see there are no special effects. It’s amazing to see. Another defensive technique an octopus will use is to spread out and make himself as big as possible, which he does when the camera man gets close a second time.

Watch this amazing video below! Could you detect the octopus? Let us know your thoughts about this in the comments!

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