Video showing tool use by an octopus

by Anonymous on Dec. 16th, 2009


This amazing video from the Museum Victoria in Austratlia (via PZ Myers at Pharyngula) shows a Veined Octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) using a coconut shell as a portable shelter. I suppose next we'll be seeing cephalopod trailer parks sprouting up everywhere. The video was recorded by Julian Finn and Mark Norman. Their paper on the subject appeared in yesterday's issue of Current Biology.

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JGordon says:

I can't believe you didn't tag this as "really bad news." This is only a step away from octopuses learning how to use my skull as a portable shelter. And I'm already using it for that!

posted on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 4:50pm

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