I love octopi. I’ve loved them since I first encountered one while snorkeling at the age of eleven and, far from finding it to be the nightmarish, grasping, clingy monstrosity I’d feared since hearing that they inhabited the waters, discovered that it was a creature gentle, graceful, and shy.
Now it turns out that in addition to being blessed with natural adaptive camouflage that would turn a chamaeleon, well, green, they’re smart enough to impersonate seaweed while they run the hell away. I love it.
Update: the New Scientist link is apparently dead, so I’ve made local copies of the movies the the article mentioned: