June 16, 2012

The intelligent invertebrate.

this article on octopuses is amazing. the author chronicles meeting Athena, a very smart octopus, and the recent realization by scientists that octopuses have developed intelligence, emotions, and yes, individual personalities. they have the capacity for forethought, use of tools (some can open childproof caps on Tylenol bottles), and use items for play- one octopus made a game out of "bouncing" the pill bottle in her tank. they are also apparently quite the troublemakers when it comes to research and would often escape the research workers in hilarious ways- jumping out of the tank and literally running away, sometimes hiding on bookshelves. one was found in a teapot. lots of fun little details like that hidden in this science-y article.

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