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Octopuses have been observed carrying coconut shells in what researchers claim is the first recorded example of tool use in invertebrates.There is a growing record of tool use in animals and birds, from musical "instruments" made by orang-utansMovie Camera to sponges used by dolphins to dislodge prey from sand.Now veined octopuses, Amphioctopus marginatus, have been filmed picking up coconut halves from the seabed to use as hiding places when they feel threatened."This octopus behaviour was totally unexpected," says Julian Finn, a marine biologist at Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, who has filmed at least four individual veined octopuses performing the trick off the coast of Indonesia....
Octopuses have been observed carrying coconut shells in what researchers claim is the first recorded example of tool use in invertebrates.
Learned behavior, rather than instinctual.
that's nothing... last week, a snail stole my motorbike... but do you *think* the police will believe me? *Sighs*Seriously though, it's always fun learning about "new" stuff that's probably been around for quite a while, and we silly humans just weren't paying enough attention.
There is a growing record of tool use in animals and birds
I think we all know how this ends. I'm going shopping tomorrow...for ammo.
We're done...if.. Cats ever figure out can openers.
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