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For the octopus fans out there.

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Scientists are unveiling a rare octopus that has never been on public display before.

And unlike other octopuses, where females have anasty habit of eating their partners during sex, Larger Pacific Striped Octopuses mate by pressing their beaks and suckers against each other in an intimate embrace.

The beautiful creature can also morph from dark red to black-and-white stripes and spots and can shape-shift from flat to expanded. The sea dweller will be on display starting today (Mar. 6) at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

“I’m thrilled that Academy visitors will have the opportunity to view this fascinating animal up close in the aquarium, where they’ll see just why its beauty, unique mating technique and social habits are intriguing the cephalopod community,” said Richard Ross, a biologist at the California Academy of Sciences, in a statement. (via Rare Kissing Octopus Unveiled | LiveScience)

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Author: Rogan Tinsley

Biology, science and maths teacher with a PhD in Neuroscience and passion for education.

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