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Wild dreams cause Octopus to change colors in its sleep

Incredible video captured for upcoming documentary
Posted at 12:56 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 16:45:29-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — This is what dreams are made of.

The video was taken by PBS for an upcoming documentary Octopus: Making Contact. It shows the mysterious and beautiful sea creature sleeping and changing from grey, shades of yellows, and it's practically invisible as it camouflages itself.

Here's Scientist, Dr. David Steel's take on the awesome video.

"She sees a crab and her color starts to change a little bit. Then she turns all dark. Octopuses will do that when they leave the bottom. This is a camouflage, like she’s just subdued a crab and now she’s going to sit there and eat it and she doesn’t want anyone to notice her. This really is fascinating. But yeah, if she’s dreaming that’s the dream."

Check it out for yourself.

On Wednesday, October 2 you can catch the full documentary, Octopus: Making Contact, on PBS.