I hope that clears up any confusion about spotting the mimic octopus in the wild. Simply put: you can’t.
If you wonder, on occasion, why this blog is quite so tentactular, think about this; the Mimic Octopus was discovered in 1998 off the coast of Sulawesi. In 1997 I was swimming in the ocean off the coast of Sulawesi and THESE THINGS WERE DOWN THERE, probably looking like other things or like no things at all but they were DOWN THERE THE WHOLE TIME BEING STEALTHY AND WE DIDN’T KNOW IT.
Seriously, this is why I don’t swim anymore. Who needs aliens when we have cephalopods?