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Technology Watch an octopus change color while sleeping

15:45  25 september  2019
15:45  25 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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While the octopus sleeps its skin changes into a multitude of color patterns flashing by one after another, and it's downright mesmerizing to watch . The sleeping octopus changes color from pale grey, to white, to beige and to a mottled greenish brown pattern. When it's awake, an octopus will often change its color as a natural instinct to camouflage itself when it's hunting or trying to escape a predator.

Is this color - changing octopus dreaming? 01:08. Octopuses have a very different brain structure to humans, but they share some of the same functions as mammal brains. The creatures have special learning abilities -- including being able to solve problems and other sophisticated cognitive abilities The octopus has long been a source of human fascination. Video footage from 2019 of an octopus called Heidi changing color as she slept in a tank had scientists wondering if the creatures could really dream. The Netflix documentary "My Octopus Teacher" has also showcased the creatures' unique

Do octopuses dream? Watch a sleeping octopus that could very well be dreaming, in this video clip posted on YouTube on Monday to promote the TV show Octopus: Making Contact on PBS.

This octopus changes color while sleeping in the PBS TV show Octopus: Making Contact. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. This octopus changes color while sleeping in the PBS TV show Octopus: Making Contact. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

While the octopus sleeps its skin changes into a multitude of color patterns flashing by one after another, and it's downright mesmerizing to watch. The sleeping octopus changes color from pale grey, to white, to beige and to a mottled greenish brown pattern.

When it's awake, an octopus will often change its color as a natural instinct to camouflage itself when it's hunting or trying to escape a predator. So it's compelling to think that a sleeping octopus changes its skin color when it possibly dreams of hunting food or hiding on a rock.

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Watch Heidi the day octopus change color rapidly while she sleeps , suggesting that she's dreaming. Incredibly, they can even change the pattern and texture of their skin. One of the most stunning moments of the episode comes when Heidi is filmed while she's sleeping . While Dr. Scheel narrates her possible dream, we see a rapid succession of changing colors and patterns on Heidi's skin.

This is the fascinating moment an octopus in America changes colour as it sleeps . The clip, captured at the Butterfly Pavilion in the state of Colorado, has led some to speculate the creature might be displaying its dreams with the changing colours .

a close up of an animal: This octopus changes color while sleeping. © CNET

This octopus changes color while sleeping.

In the video, marine biologist and Alaska Pacific University professor David Scheel narrates what the dream might be based on the octopus's color at that moment.

"She's asleep; she sees a crab and her color starts to change a little bit," Scheel says in the video. "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," Dr. Scheel added. "If she's dreaming, that's the dream."

Octopus: Making Contact premieres Oct. 2 on PBS.

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