The footage, which was captured by PBS for the upcoming documentary Octopus: Making Contact, shows the mystery creature sleeping and changing colors from grey to yellow to practically invisible as it blends into the ocean.

Octopus Changing Color
Octopus Changing Color

Dr David Scheel, a scientist, speculates about the octopus’s dreams. He says calmly as he tells the story:

“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.”

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Credit: Nature on PBS

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