Octopus Camouflages Itself

image Luc emailed me a link to this clip of an octopus camouflaging itself, wondering if the footage is real. The camera approaches what looks like an underwater bush, and then out of nowhere this octopus appears, squirts ink, and races away across the ocean floor. I actually remember this clip doing the rounds a year or two ago, and although the octopus's camouflage seems to be some kind of Hollywood special effect, I believe that it's real. According to a version of the clip that can be found on efootage.com, the footage was taken by biologist Roger Hammer (I think I'm hearing that last name correctly, but the sound on the efootage clip is awful). I have no idea who Roger Hammer is, but it might be the same Roger Hammer who works at the Miami-Dade Parks Department and is a specialist on Florida plants (author of Everglades Wildflowers). I'm trying to find a picture of the Miami-Dade Roger Hammer to compare him with the guy in the news clip.

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Posted on Wed Apr 13, 2005


I am a diver. And I dive because I love to see the beauty under water, and wonder in awe.
And I'm always surprised about supposed animal lovers misbehaving under water!!!!
I believe this octopus is real, we saw one quite similar in Egypt. But for anyone who thinks it's cool to get that close to an Octopus and even let them squirt there defence ink, PLEASE think about the fact that we are guests under water and if you would like to keep enjoying the wonder of it than SHOW RESPECT!!!!!
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE try to have NO impact! Not even because it's 'cool'.
We had a change to look at 'our' octopuss for 20 minutes, in wich it put up a show for us while we did not hassle him. Believe me, that's even more a gift from nature.

So my message is, enjoy the coolness of underwater life, and do not think the maker of this movie is cool! The only thing it prooves is that he is just bigger then the octopuss!!
So,,,what does that say???????Any dimwit can be big!
Posted by Kik  in  holland  on  Tue May 29, 2007  at  12:20 PM
It's real. Here's the New York Times page, and if you watch the video, you'll see the clip and hear Hanlon talking about how people think it's fake.

Posted by Jinks Medley  in  U.S.  on  Thu Dec 18, 2008  at  08:41 AM
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