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Octopus Walks On Dry Land (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/23/11 03:39 PM ET Updated: 11/23/11 03:40 PM ET

Onlookers at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, Calif. were shocked when this octopus crawled out of the water and began walking on dry land.

Apparently this type of behavior is not that uncommon, though it is rarely seen up close. Scientists have observed octopuses using their limbs to walk along the ocean floor, some even doing so using only two of their eight limbs.

In these cases, the other limbs are used "to camouflage themselves as plant material in order to hide from lurking predators," according to a report from MSNBC.

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