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The Indonesian Mimic Octopus - Adaptations Project

A science project over adaptations
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Devin De Anda

on 19 December 2012

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Adaptations Project - The Indonesian Mimic Octopus How it got the adaptation The Indonesian Mimic Octopus is able to contort its body and change its skin color to a wide variety of appearances, textures, shapes, and sizes as well. Like anything else on Earth, quite some time ago, there was a group of octopuses. Mutations in offspring of these octopuses endowed some of the generations with the ability to contort itself in unimaginable ways, this is why the animal now-a-days has no spine. It is then possible that some mutations where endowed with a different, yet equally amazing ability - the ability to change the color of pigmentation in its skin. So, since both of these generations would have thrived (such good camo ensures that they get to the point in life where they can breed, and since other less fortunate cousins of these amazing specimen could not do this, they were the ones to be eaten, leaving the mimic octopuses to reproduce (natural selection)), they mated, producing generations of octopuses that could do both - change shape and color- that are know as the Mimic Octopuses The adaptations themselves Mimic Octopuses in general can go from looking like a piece of coral to the very deadly Lion Fish in seconds. Having the ability to trick predators into thinking that you are their predators guarantees almost 100% that you will never be eaten!!! There are two adaptations that allow these outstanding transformations to occur, the ability to change the color of skin pigmentation and the ability to contort into a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures as well. Separately, the ability to change shape allows the organism to squeeze into places that predators cannot, while the ability to change the color of skin pigmentation acts like camouflage, allowing the organism to blend into its surroundings. Together, these adaptations result in this: How long did all of this take? It is impossible for us to be able to say a date when these amazing creatures came into exsist, but one thing is for sure: it didn't happen overnight. For the mutations that occurred to be able to reproduce, one just like it would have to appear as well, and both would need to be fertile, or have the ability to reproduce - successfully that is! So, as you would imagine, this would take years and years for an event like this to occur, but when it did, it would take an even longer time for the new species to multipy. They would have to learn how to use their amazing abilities to their advantage, but when done so, they would reproduce like crazy. As stated earilier, "such good camo ensures that they get to the point in life where they can breed, and since other less fortunate relatives of these amazing specimen could not do this, they were the ones to be eaten, leaving the mimic octopuses to reproduce (natural selection) with success". Videos to further show of these amazing creatures I doubt you will even be able to spot the octopus until it undisguises: Another more high def example: Better example of how octopus like creatures can change skin texture to look like their surroundings even more so: Amazing how they can practically disappear right in front of your eyes: Devin C. De Anda, 2nd Period
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