In an Octopus's Garden...

20 February 2017


This Wunderpus photogenicus has recently been given its name and for good reason: for a full half hour this intriguing cephalopod has been alternating between walking about and posing for the camera. It is a very inquisitive little thing: reaching out its arms in order to investigate my hand as I try to take its picture. The Wunderpus might be closely related to the famous Mimic Octopus, known for its impressive impersonations of lionfish, sea snakes and flatfish. The difference between these two very similar octopus species is that Wunderpus is smaller and has more distinctive stripes whereas the markings of the Mimic octopus are less clearly defined and more variable.