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    Cool Octopus changes color while dreaming - amazing creature.

    marine biologist Dr. David Scheel’s narrative tries to guess what the octopus (Heidi) was dreaming about. (2min video)

    here I am, but I don't belong to this world
    So, nothing there are here belongs to me.

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    Is it true that they have alien DNA? - i'm sure I've read this somewhere. Clearly intelligent animals.

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    The Octopus: An Alien Among Us

    Michael S. A. Graziano on the Evolution of Animal Consciousness

    https://lithub.com/the-octopus-an-alien-among-us/
    To connect humankind with itself and the Cosmos!

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    A truly fascinating creature. Perhaps not an alien, but how did it get here?? There is no other creature on the planet like it. Humans have roughly 25,000 pairs of DNA, the octopus has 33,000.

    https://evolutionnews.org/2015/08/the_octopus_gen/

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    Many thanks to all, especially to the shared links.

    at the end of video, I found other amazing (inteligent) behavior, from the same biologist.

    an octopus using a couple of coconut pieces like a home shell and camouflage to hunt !

    here I am, but I don't belong to this world
    So, nothing there are here belongs to me.

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    Quote Posted by rogparan (here)
    Many thanks to all, especially to the shared links.

    at the end of video, I found other amazing (inteligent) behavior, from the same biologist.

    an octopus using a couple of coconut pieces like a home shell and camouflage to hunt !

    Such a beautiful and amazing creature/being.

    I feel for them, they are so intelligent and aware of their vulnerability, constantly on guard.
    I guess that goes towards making them so intelligent.
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    Is it true that they have alien DNA? - i'm sure I've read this somewhere. Clearly intelligent animals.
    I think it's possible. I was researching if anything has actual 'blue blood' and turns out, Octopus does
    I heard the same thing about intelligence.

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    So beautiful!!!! Love this! Love animals and nature!! THANK YOU for posting this!

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    Default Re: Octopus changes color while dreaming - amazing creature.

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    Quote Posted by samsdice (here)
    Is it true that they have alien DNA? - i'm sure I've read this somewhere. Clearly intelligent animals.
    I think it's possible. I was researching if anything has actual 'blue blood' and turns out, Octopus does
    I heard the same thing about intelligence.
    According to the National Geographics, some species of octopus indeed have blue blood due to the copper-rich protein called hemocyanin in their blood.

    In Animal Kingdom, Blood Comes in a Rainbow of Colors

    Blood isn't always red—evolution has given rise to a variety of hues.

    Society elites aren't the only blue bloods. Several species of octopus have blue, rather than red, fluid running through their veins.

    The blue comes from a copper-rich protein called hemocyanin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream and then to the cells of the octopus's body. Hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein found in the blood of other animals—including humans—serves the same oxygen-transporting function but turns blood red.

    Both hemoglobin and hemocyanin release their bound oxygen when they reach tissues that need it.

    But for the Antarctic octopus Pareledone charcoti, transporting oxygen via hemocyanin poses problems at subzero temperatures.

    That's because in polar waters oxygen binds so tightly to hemocyanin that it doesn't let go very easily. If these tissues can't get oxygen, the octopus will die.

    A new study, published March 11 in the journal Frontiers in Zoology, shows that this cold-water critter overcomes the obstacles by producing an overabundance of hemocyanin.

    To solve this frigid mystery, study leader Michael Oellermann, an ecophysiologist at the Alfred Wegener Polar Institute in Germany, compared P. charcoti with two other hemocyanin-carrying octopus species that live in warmer waters: Octopus pallidus and Eledone moschata.

    He found that on average, P. charcoti had 40 percent more hemocyanin in its blood than either O. pallidus or E. moschata.

    "We really weren't expecting to find this," Oellermann said.

    In the Clear
    Here's another surprise: A variety of animals bleed colors other than red.

    The ocellated icefish, for instance, may brush fins with the Antarctic octopus in the same chilly habitat, but its blood is quite different. It runs completely clear.

    The polar dweller lacks both hemoglobin and hemocyanin, leaving its blood without any color at all.

    "Cold water can hold a lot more oxygen than warmer water. There's enough dissolved oxygen at these depths that the fish doesn't need an active oxygen carrier like hemoglobin," Oellermann said.

    The icefish is strange in other ways too. Unlike most other fish, it completely lacks scales.

    Scientists believe that the absence of scales helps oxygen diffuse through the icefish's skin, where it's pumped around the body by an unusually large heart.

    Going Green
    The country of Papua New Guinea is home to the green-blooded skink, which biologist Christopher Austin at Louisiana State University has spent his career studying.

    The skink uses hemoglobin to carry oxygen, and as in many animals, the liver breaks down the used hemoglobin into by-products such as bilirubin and biliverdin. Humans normally excrete these by-products into the intestines, since a buildup of them in the blood can cause jaundice or a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.

    The skink, however, seems to thrive with high levels of biliverdin in its blood, which gives the blood a green color.

    "If humans had this amount of biliverdin in their blood, they would be dead," Austin said.

    Austin is currently working to determine what factors may have forced the skink to adapt to such high biliverdin levels. His current hypothesis is that the chemical provides protection against parasites like those that cause malaria.

    With so many species remaining to be studied, one thing's for sure: There will be blood (research for many years to come).

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