Octopus Changing Color While Sleeping, Potentially from Dreams


PBS captured footage of a sleeping octopus changing from grey to yellow to ocean camouflage.

As PBS prepares for an upcoming documentary Octopus: Making Contact, they filmed the creature asleep and changing colors.

  • Scientist Dr. David Scheel believes the color transitions may be dreaming, since the changes correspond with color shifts during various aspects of its waking life.

Dr. Scheel explains: “She sees a crab and her colour starts to change a little bit. Then she turns all dark. Octopuses will do that when they leave the bottom. 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. …This really is fascinating. But yeah, if she’s dreaming that’s the dream.”

Twitter user @Avatar Domy posted: “A marine biologist films this octopus changing colors while dreaming and it’s spectacular”

Account @HighdownScience retweeted: “Wow, this octopus changes colour as it dreams”

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