Mimic octopuses change shape and behavior depending on the threat they perceive. They can flatten and sweep their tentacles behind to imitate a flounder cruising along the sandy bottom, they bury six tentacles in the sand while extending two in opposite directions to mimic a poisonous sea snake, they get up on their "tiptoes" to take on a starfish-stance, or fan their tentacles out in imitation of the venomous lionfish.
Entranced with the mimic octopus' ingenious camouflage and even more so with its subtle understanding of the threats at hand, I began thinking about the mimic’s biggest threat: humans. This brought me to the question of how these incredible creatures would adapt and blend into man-made environments if only they could solve the problem of living on land. In my mimic series, I imagine octopuses blending in with our upholstery, cuttlefish laying eggs on little-used household objects, and sharks' egg cases grabbing onto flotsam in our homes.