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When first approached on the sand, the mimic octopus frequently starts with this standard pose, stopping and flattening out on the bottom with legs curled behind in a circular pattern.  Having decided to move away from the divers after all, this octopus raises himself up off the sand before making its move.<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.

When first approached on the sand, the mimic octopus frequently starts with this standard pose, stopping and flattening out on the bottom with legs curled behind in a circular pattern. Having decided to move away from the divers after all, this octopus raises himself up off the sand before making its move.

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...
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