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This beautiful octopus was drawn by Dutch wildlife artist Esther van Hulsen using the ink from a prehistoric octopus who died 95 million years ago.

Paleontologist Jørn Hurum supplied Hulsen with ink extracted from a fossil found in Lebanon in 2009, received as a gift from the PalVenn Museum in 2014. After several millennia Hulson was surprised to find that the color had remained so vibrant, preserved all of this time in the cephalopod’s ink sac. “Knowing that this animal has used this ink to survive is absolutely amazing,” said van Hulsen of the prehistoric ink.

Should you happen to be in Oslo you can visit Hulsen’s octopus beside its ancient folssil at the Natural History Museum in Oslo.

[via Colossal]