The Transparency of Octopus Protects It From Predators

Scientists have recently discovered that glass octopuses can be mesmerizing creatures to watch, yet scientists also know their transparency protects them from predators. Their ghostly appearance helps them blend into coral beds and avoid detection from prey animals according to researcher David Rotjan who recently documented them for his documentary called _Octopussy_ in Antarctica.

Rotjan, as a filmmaker, had to overcome several challenges to capture this footage, such as diving bare-skin into the frigid Atlantic Ocean without using a tank – an experience which forced him out of his comfort zone and taught him the value of pushing himself further and trusting those he worked with more fully. “Learning is about reaching barriers and trying to overcome them,” according to him.

Roger Moore as James Bond investigates a fake Faberge egg as part of a larger smuggling plot by Gobinda and Orlov, corrupt Soviet general who plans to defy his superiors and expand Soviet dominance by replacing genuine treasures with replicas he will then bring into Western Europe via Octopussy’s traveling circus troupe.

Recently, researchers have observed that octopus neurons exhibit properties similar to vertebrate brain cells. When neurons in an octopus’s median superior frontal cortex and ventral lateral lobe are simultaneously active, electrical activity resembling vertebrate EEG can be recorded when this neural activity becomes synchronously active. Furthermore, MSF-VL neurons possess another characteristic trait shared with invertebrate neurons: Their cell bodies are electrically inexcitable with firing zones located further along neurites where dendritic trees ramify.

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