Octopuses with Coconut Shells

Scientists in Australia took this footage of octopuses carrying coconut shells from place to place. It’s long been common knowledge that an octopus will hide in concave objects, but this is the first time anyone has seen them taking their hiding place with them. It’s the first known case of invertebrates using tools.

Don’t they look cute lugging the shells around?

~ by lolarusa on December 16, 2009.

3 Responses to “Octopuses with Coconut Shells”

  1. Adorable and kinda spooky, too.

  2. I’ve been impressed with molluscs before. But this is a fine example of the octopus being the smart one in phylum Mollusca. Spooky, indeed, walking around on all eight like that.

  3. Brilliant and how wonderful the known and unknown worlds, when we look and can see and have a moment of realizing we really aren’t alone in the universe in any way shape or form. Intelligent life exists on our own planet. Including some humans :-) Thank you so much for posting this.

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