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One of the most fascinating characters on a coral reef is the shape-shifting master of disguise – the octopus. The populations of this animal in the Chagos Archipelago are very healthy and they are a frequent siting on the reefs – despite their cryptic habits and incredible ability to match their shape and coloring to artfully camouflage themselves against almost any background. They are simply too numerous to go unnoticed, even though they are so easily missed individually.

This all changes at a particular time of year, when they become far more flamboyant and adventurous, displaying themselves to the world…and each other…

Octopus Season in the Chagos MPA from Jon Slayer on Vimeo.

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