Indonesian Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) not only is awesome but also teaches you some Catalan

Thursday, February 05, 2009

First of all, the Indonesian Mimic Octopus is awesome:

Their intelligence is what makes the octopus one of my favourite sea animals. I think it would be great in theory to have a pet octopus, but they need far too much open space for that to happen. There are quite a few stories about octopuses that get bored when living in aquariums and end up playing tricks like spraying water about everywhere and juggling objects around.

Thanks to the person that uploaded this video (along with others), you can also learn some Catalan at the same time. I was very pleased to see that the explanation for the video on the right was written in the following order: English - Catalan - then Spanish. Catalan is probably my favourite Romance language in terms of appearance and grammar (along with Occitan) so the more of it the better IMO.

Here's the video explanation in three languages, contrasted next to each other.

The Indonesian Mimic Octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus.
El Pop Mímic indonesi, ( mimicus Thaumoctopus. ) El indonesio pulpo mímico, ( Thaumoctopus mimicus.).
This fascinating creature was discovered in 1998 off the coast of Sulawesi in Indonesia, the mimic octopus is the first known species to take on the characteristics of multiple species. Aquesta fascinant criatura es descobria el 1998 davant la costa de Sulawesi a Indonèsia, el pop mímic és la primera espècie coneguda per prendre les característiques de múltiples espècies.
Esta fascinante criatura fue descubierta en 1998 frente a las costas de Sulawesi en Indonesia, el pulpo mimo es la primera especie conocida en asumir las características de múltiples especies.
This octopus is able to copy the physical likeness and movement of more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp. Aquest pop pot copiar la semblança física i moviment de més de quinze espècies diferents, incloent-hi serps de mar, lionfish, flatfish, estrelles de mar, crancs gegants, petxines de mar, stingrays, meduses, anèmones de mar, i la galera.
Este pulpo es capaz de copiar la imagen física y el movimiento de más de quince especies diferentes, incluyendo las serpientes de mar, pez león, peces planos, estrellas de mar, cangrejos gigantes , conchas de mar, rayas, medusas, anémonas de mar, y la galera.
This animal is so intelligent that it is able to discern which dangerous sea creature to impersonate that will present the greatest threat to its current possible predator. Aquest animal és tan intelligent que pot discernir a quina perillosa criatura de mar imitar per presentar l'amenaça més gran al seu possible predador actual.
Este animal es tan inteligente que es capaz de discernir a que peligrosa criatura del mar debe suplantar para presentar una mayor amenaza a su actual y posible depredador.
For example, scientists observed that when the octopus was attacked by territorial damselfishes, it mimicked the banded sea snake, a known predator of damselfishes.Per exemple, els científics observaven que quan el pop era atacat per els territorials damselfishes, imitava a la serp de mar embolcada, un conegut predador dels damselfishes.Por ejemplo, los científicos observaron que cuando el pulpo es atacado por los territoriales damselfishes, simula a una serpiente de mar de franjas, un conocido depredador de los damselfishes.


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