This incredible image of a larval octopus—which can fit on the tip of your finger—was taken soon after it was collected on a research cruise, preserving its beautiful coloring.

After larval (baby) octopuses hatch from eggs, they float in the currents as zooplankton until they grow large enough to defend themselves. Few will survive to this stage, instead becoming food for larger organisms.

CREDIT: Cedric Guigand, Univ. of Miami, RSMAS/Marine Photobank

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