It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.

 

Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.

 

Help ATS via PayPal:
learn more

Octopuses use coconut shells as portable shelters

page: 1
1

log in

join
share:

posted on Dec, 14 2009 @ 12:12 PM
link   
This is the first time that we have seen invertebrates using tools. Octupuses have been filmed using these tools for their protection. This is remarkable behaviour. There has to be some cognitive intelligence in Octopus because it not only uses the tool to hide from threats, it also carries it away for future use.

See the video link below


Octopuses have been observed carrying coconut shells in what researchers claim is the first recorded example of tool use in invertebrates.

veined octopuses, Amphioctopus marginatus, have been filmed picking up coconut halves from the seabed to use as hiding places when they feel threatened.

behaviour qualifies as tool use for a number of reasons. First, the shells are not permanent homes like those occupied by hermit crabs, but are carried around for future use.


Video

Source: www.newscientist.com...



[edit on 14-12-2009 by sunny_2008ny]




new topics
 
1

log in

join