So in honor of this particular camper, here is the coolest thing we learned about the mimic octopus!
Now most of us know that one fascinating trait all octopuses share is the ability to change the appearance of their skin to hide from predators. However, the mimic octopus, which was only discovered in 1998, possesses the unique ability to IMPERSONATE other animals as it traverses the sea bed. Some animals the mimic octopus has been documented impersonating are sole fish, lion fish, sea snakes, and scientists also speculate impersonations of anemones, stingrays, mantis shrimp, and jellyfish!
We also know that octopuses are highly intelligent animals, but the mimic octopus takes intelligence to a whole other level. Exhibit A: the damselfish is known as an aggressively territorial fish. The fascinating part of this story is that after being attacked by a territory defending damselfish, mimic octopuses have been recorded then impersonating banded sea snakes, which are known predators of damselfishes! Basically, mimic octopuses are observant enough to understand which animals are the most dangerous and therefore better to impersonate. In other words, the camper really knew what he was talking about and the mimic octopus is an awesome animal to learn about!!! Thank you camper!
Check out the mimic octopus in action by watching this video!
Want to see just how smart octopuses are? Watch this one escape from a closed jar!