Caribbean Reef Octopus
This camouflage artist is built to blend in. The Caribbean reef octopus (Octopus briareus) flashes an ever-changing array of patterns and colors—from blue and green to red and brown—and shimmers thanks to light-reflecting skin cells. It can disguise itself among shallow-water rocks and coral reef, and then sneak up and envelop prey in a gauzy web of delicate yet powerful arms.
The Caribbean reef octopus is just one of the incredible cephalopod species you'll find in our special exhibition, Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes. Stop by on your next visit and prepare to be mesmerized!