The amazing video that shows an octopus changing colors while it thinks it is dreaming
Can octopuses dream? It is still not entirely clear. Now thanks to a new documentary that will premiere on PBS this coming October 2, there is talk of the possibility that octopuses have the ability to dream, which would lead them to activate their camouflage system involuntarily.
The documentary is called “Octopus: Making Contact” and in fact it does not focus on dreaming octopuses and research on such dreams, but on the behavior and cognition of the octopus. But as a trailer, PBS and Nature posted an extremely amazing video where you can see how the octopus changes color while dreaming, or at least that is what is believed.
This is what triggers the imagination of a dreaming octopus
The documentary is in charge of Dr. David Scheel, professor at the Alaska Pacific University of Anchorage, who shows part of his research and some conclusions after raising Heidi, a small cephalopod that lived in his house and even lived with his daughter.
As described by PBS, in the documentary we will see how Heidi demonstrates her abilities to solve puzzles, use tools and escape through small spaces. We also see how adopts a behavior that simulates a family petAs he learns to recognize faces, he seems to get excited when humans approach his tank, and even shows a penchant for playing with Scheel’s daughter.
In the video that anticipates the premiere of the documentary, we can see Heidi in her totally peaceful pond while changing color on several occasions. In the video, Professor Scheel himself recounts what is happening, or believes it is happening, where mention that Heidi is dreaming and even imagine what she might be dreaming.
The video is really fascinating.
“So here she is asleep, she sees a crab and its color starts to change a little. Then it becomes completely dark. Octopuses do this when they come out of the bottom. she’s going to sit down to eat it and she doesn’t want anyone to notice her … This is really fascinating. But yes, if she’s dreaming, surely this is her dream. “
Octopuses often activate their camouflage in response to the conditions around them.. So does this video mean that the octopus is dreaming about something? Perhaps, and it is that to this day there is still not enough evidence to say for sure if octopuses dream in the same way as human beings.
It is expected that after the premiere of this documentary there will be new information about this supposed dream in octopuses, or at least you can define the reason for this behavior that goes along the lines of a definition of “dream”.