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A mimic octopus begins the change to adopt one of its many imitations.  Once configured, the octopus will mimic a flounder's motions, with legs flattened and held together while sprinting along the sandy bottom with motions similar to a flounder swimming.<br />
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The mimic octopus was not discovered officially until 1998, off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. This is the only octopus known to mimic the appearance and mannerisms other species.  Mimic octopus have been known to imitate more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, flounders, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp.

A mimic octopus begins the change to adopt one of its many imitations. Once configured, the octopus will mimic a flounder's motions, with legs flattened and held together while sprinting along the sandy bottom with motions similar to a flounder swimming.

The mimic octopus was not discovered officially until 1998, off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. This is the only octopus known to mimic the appearance and mannerisms other species. Mimic octopus have been known to imitate...
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