World octopus day!

Octopus vulgaris (common octopus). Image by albert kok, licensed under GNU FDL

Octopus vulgaris (common octopus). Image by albert kok, licensed under GNU FDL

How could I have missed this one? Yesterday was World Octopus Day, so here’s an infographic about these amazing creatures, and, in an amazing example of tool use, a quick video of an octopus collecting halves of coconut shells to use as a shelter.

Tool use implies that the octopus needs to think logically and in the abstract, both of which are evidence of intelligence. This is no surprise to octopus researchers, although I doubt that these cephalopods will be appearing on talk shows any time soon (or perhaps that’s just further evidence of their intelligence ;-)).

And a few of our favourite past posts about the octopus:

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