Bet You’ve Never Seen An Octopus Do This!Paige Turner
“I almost drowned laughing when I saw this the first time.” That’s what Julian Finn, a researcher from the Victoria Museum in Australia, recently told the BBC, after witnessing some amazing and inadvertently hilarious behavior from an octopus.
“I could tell it was going to do something, but I didn’t expect this — I didn’t expect it would pick up the shell and run away with it,” said Finn.
The octopus used two halves of a coconut as a protective shelter on a barren sea floor, and even carried the two halves with it. This remarkable (and admittedly cute) behavior is one of the first example of tool use in octopuses. Tool use was once thought to be the dominion of humans, but this behavior has also been observed in other primates, mammals, and birds. The octopus is the first known invertebrate to use tools.
Prepare to be amused and amazed!
Environmental activists in Seattle are working to prevent toxic runoff from reaching Puget Sound, which is home to a diverse range of wildlife, from octopuses to orcas. You can help preserve their delicate habitat by funding rain gardens around Puget Sound which collect clean rainwater and prevents it from becoming harmful runoff.