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Incredible Footage Shows A Sleeping Octopus Changing Color While Dreaming

A breathtaking video showing an octopus change color while dreaming has left the internet in awe

You can see the eight-legged creature changing from light to dark colors while hanging upside down.

The incredible clip aired in the documentary Octopus: Making Contact by PBS leading researchers to believe it’s dreaming.

The octopus goes a light colour. Credit: Nature on PBS

Marine biologist David Scheel explained: “If she is dreaming, this is a dramatic moment. You could almost narrate the body changes and narrate the dream.”

“She sees a crab and her color starts to change a little bit, then she turns all dark, octopuses will do that when they leave the bottom.”

Then she turns a dark brown shade. Credit: Nature on PBS

“This is a camouflage like she’s just subdued a crab and she’s just going to sit there and eat it, and she doesn’t want anyone to notice her.”

Heidi sleeping upside down in the tank. Credit: Nature on PBS

“It’s a very unusual behavior to see the color come and go on her mantle like that, just to be able to see all the different color patterns flashing one after the other, you don’t normally see that when an animal’s sleeping. This really is fascinating.”

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Written by Joe Kahlo

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