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December 13, 2018

The octopus is one very smart cephalopod

Above, an octopus uses a coconut shell for concealment.

YouTube caption:


Veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) showing sophisticated tool use behavior.

Footage shot by Dr. Julian Finn of Museums Victoria.

Finn, J.K., Tregenza, T., Norman, M.D. (2009): Defensive tool use in a coconut-carrying octopus. Current Biology 19:23, 1069-1070, December 15, 2009.


From the New York Times: "It (an octopus) has eight arms, three hearts — and a plan. Scientists aren't sure how the cephalopods got to be so intelligent."


Octopus 1

an octopus pulls together two empty shells in order to hide off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

December 13, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


This is why I stopped eating octopodes.

Posted by: Fred | Dec 15, 2018 2:18:54 AM

I wonder if octopuses ever crash the porpoises' mensa-equivalent smarty-pants meetings... 🐙🐬

Posted by: Flautist | Dec 13, 2018 4:01:15 PM

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