The Octopus: champion in camouflage
We met our “friend” during a dive in a rocky bottom a few meters from the surface. As you can see it is not easy to identify it among the rocks because its ability to blend in, so as not to be caught by predators, is truly exceptional. Only when we got very close did he become suspicious and started to move and then quickly flee.
The common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is a mollusc belonging to the class Cephalopoda, is the most studied of all octopus species.
It is widespread in shallow waters, no more than 200 meters. It prefers rough, rocky substrates, because they are rich in hiding places, cracks and small caves where it hides to avoid being see by predators. Present in all seas and oceans, it is widespread in the Mediterranean Sea.
He is considered one of the most intelligent invertebrates.