Awesome Video: Octopus Hatching, Chromatphores on Alert

YOU CAN FIND NUMEROUS VIDEOS OF OCTOPUSES HATCHING ON YOUTUBE (always fun to watch).  Here’s a short one from the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center that shows something I’ve never noticed. Immediately after shooting into life, the little guy – a Caribbean reef octopus – turns dark brown as it swims rapidly away.  In a followup comment, the aquarium staff notes that “Our team believes that there are two possible reasons for the immediate color change.

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