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"Once we saw him juggling the hermit crabs in his tank, another time he threw stones against the glass damaging it. And from time to time he completely re-arranges his tank to make it suit his own taste better - much to the distress of his fellow tank inhabitants."
The more we learn about octopi (that's the plural for octopus), the more intelligent we discover they are. Intelligence seems to be inherent in all 300 or so species of octopus and not just limited to a few varieties. Octopi can problem solve, can be trained to learn behaviors and are extremely ingenious in figuring out how to get out of an aquarium and get into food. We can learn a lot from an octopus.
Just because an octopus doesn't have a backbone doesn't mean that they also lack nerve. On the contrary, their nervous system is very complex. They don't have very large brains, but they do have a very large nervous system, going all the way down each arm. They are able to take in a lot of information about their world and seem to be able to remember, learn and adapt to new situations.
The suckers on their long arms don't only feel, but also tastes. Each sucker works individually, so an octopus can just focus on one arm or one sucker. Their eyesight is sharp. Although their brains are quite small in comparison to ours, they still have very large brains for invertebrates. In a brain-to-body-weight ratio, octopi have bigger brains than many species of reptiles or fish (which have backbones, considered an evolutionary advancement).
We have brains in our skulls and they have them around their esophagus, but still they have many physical characteristics of a human brain. They have folded lobes. Their tactile centers seem well developed and impressively wrinkly. The memory center in their brains also seems advanced for an invertebrate.
Originally posted by caitlinfae
Aw...that last video is horrible...I just couldn't watch it all...*whimper!*
I've seem film before of an octopus solving problems and mazes and other little games, and it's totally amazing how they learn so quickly.
Octopuses at the market try clever techniques to escape the stall owner; one will crawl from the tank, then, when the stall owner goes to retrieve it and her back is turned, the others will make a run for freedom. One octopus currently living in Germany, and originating from Morocco, learnt to unscrew the lids of jars, after observing its human keeper demonstrate the technique
Originally posted by ziggystar60
I had no idea that octopi are that intelligent! Perhaps poor Otto is just bored, and that is why he has turned into kind of a hooligan?
Perhaps they should give hime some puzzles to solve to keep him busy?
Marine experts have given 25 octopuses a Rubik's Cube each in a study aimed at easing their stress levels in captivity.