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The Caribbean reef octopus (Octopus briareus) makes its home on coral reefs. It is eight legged. The mantle, which classifies it as a Mollusk, changes color and texture to blend into its surroundings, using special skin cells known as chromatophores. It can change colors from green to red, and skin texture from smooth to bumpy in seconds. It typically weighs under 3 1/2 lbs. When stressed, octopi can deliver a cloud of black "ink" as it makes its get away. Here it has become a smooth aqua blue, and spread itself out to appear to big to fit into my mouth.
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- © Janet MacCausland
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