Waving at You!
A juvenile Mimic Octopus - Thaumoctopus mimicus seen during a night dive in the water column. The size of the body is around 2-3 cm, but with very long arms. From the look of it, despite being a Juvenile, it has lost 2 arms and they are already regrowing, this can be seen from the 2 shorter arms.
It seems the juveniles of Mimic Octopus hangs out in the water column at night to hunt tiny planktons and crustaceans before settling to the sandy bottoms when they are bigger.
The mimic octopus is an Indo-Pacific species of octopus capable of impersonating other local species. They are notable for being able to change their skin color and texture in order to blend in with their environment, such as algae-encrusted rock and nearby coral through pigment sacs known as chromatophores. The mimic octopus possesses chromatophores as well as the unique behaviour of taking shape of various objects and animals.
The mimic octopus is the only currently known marine animal to.. more