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Clip | Octopus: Making Contact - Octopus Dreaming

Do octopuses dream? Watch the brilliant color changes of a sleeping octopus that indicates she may be dreaming.

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(gentle music) - And last night I witnessed something I've never seen recorded before.

(water flowing) (gentle music) You know if she is dreaming, this is a dramatic moment.

(water flowing) (gentle music) You could almost just narrate the body changes.

And narrate the dream.

(water flowing) (gentle music) So here she's asleep, she sees a crab and her color starts to change a little bit.

(water flowing) (gentle music) Then she turns all dark.

Octopuses will do that when they leave the bottom.

(water flowing) (gentle music) This is a camouflage, like she's just subdued a crab and now she's going to sit there and eat it and she doesn't want anyone to notice her.

(water flowing) (gentle music) It's a very unusual behavior to see the color come and go on her mantle like that.

(water flowing) (gentle music) I mean just to be able to see all the different color patterns just flashing one after another.

You don't usually see that when an animal's sleeping.

This really is fascinating.

(water flowing) (gentle music) But yeah, if she's dreaming that's the dream.

(laughs) (gentle music)