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Tiptoe with a Tropical Octopus
Mar 26th, 2005 by Dennis G. Jerz

news @ nature.com – Two-limbed tiptoe aids octopus camouflage – Novel underwater walk helps creatures slip away unnoticed.
Two tiny species of tropical octopus have demonstrated a remarkable disappearing trick. They adopt a two-armed ‘walk’ that frees up their remaining six limbs to camouflage them as they slink away from trouble.
“When we noticed one was walking, I thought my gosh, this is amazing. It’s the first underwater bipedal locomotion I know of,” says Christine Huffard of the University of California, Berkeley, who captured the behaviour on video.

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