The Wonderful Wonderpus

What if all animals were as wonderful as the wonderpus?!

What: Wunderpus is the genus name for a wonder-inspiring octopus, the Wunderpus photogenicus, commonly known as, wonderpus.

Who: Divers in the shallow waters surrounding Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Mtaylasia, and the Philippines love discovering a wonderpus during a dive!

When: When the wonderpus is threatened by predators, the wonderpus changes its copper-brown color with white stripes and spots into the colors of its surroundings to disappear in the blink of an eye.

Where: The "wunder" in "Wunderpus" comes from the German word for "wonder," wunder.

How: How does a wonderpus change its colors? Find out in The Screaming Hairy Armadillo!

Why: Why the wonder? Just take a look at it! Keep in mind, in addition to all the super, cool wonderpus-specific characteristics, the wonderpus is also an octopus, so it also possess most of the same wonderful characteristics of other octopuses.

Huh: How can you tell two wonderpuses apart? Compare the patterns of white spots on top of their Y-shaped heads--now two wonderpuses have the same pattern.

Wow!: Not only can the wonderpus change colors, it can also change textures! This gives it a 3D camouflage ability that enhances the wonderpus's ability to blend in with its surroundings to hide from predators.

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