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Offline VekseidTopic starter

Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« on: December 14, 2009, 02:39:18 PM »
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18281-octopuses-use-coconut-shells-as-portable-shelters.html

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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.

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BBC has a video

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2009, 03:03:11 PM »
I read this on the BBC news site, it's amazing that its adapting to use things for protection that humans disgard. :)

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2009, 04:22:40 PM »
That's spectacular!

Though, the image of a Flintstone car just kept running through my mind.

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2009, 06:04:51 PM »
I, for one, welcome our new tentacled overlords!

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2009, 07:44:53 PM »
It must be an African Octopus. (You're welcome.)


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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2009, 11:34:59 AM »
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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.

Um - how would this differ from a hermit crab using a discarded snail shell for protection?  Last I heard, crustaceans were classed as invertebrates.

Offline VekseidTopic starter

Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2009, 11:42:16 AM »
Learned behavior, rather than instinctual.

Offline Lystia

Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2009, 12:05:05 PM »
Learned behavior, rather than instinctual.

I just knew they've been watching me!  And they called me crazy...

*Hides back under her coconut shell*

Offline Yakkul

Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2009, 01:06:47 AM »

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.

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2009, 07:08:15 AM »
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.

Oh my! you mean the snails are after you too?  It's becoming pandemic! 

*goes back to her happy place* : P

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2009, 06:05:48 PM »
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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.

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2009, 06:07:04 PM »
I think we all know how this ends.  I'm going shopping tomorrow...for ammo.

The birds and monkeys are already equipped.

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2009, 12:09:53 AM »

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2010, 03:04:00 AM »
I know, I know.

          I went looking for a really silly captioned picture to go with the octopi...  But I have this one-track search mind.  All I could find was cats.  Well, mostly...

          Beware the Octopussy Coconut Mafia!

 

Offline Frost

Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2010, 04:33:08 PM »
yeah i remember reading that in the newspaper, very clever lil things

Offline The Exiled

Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2010, 12:13:16 PM »
Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one noticing that some animals are getting clever. They're so much smarter than some people give them credit.

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2010, 09:58:47 AM »
We're done...

if.. Cats ever figure out can openers.


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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2010, 11:03:47 AM »
We're done...

if.. Cats ever figure out can openers.

Oh yeah, because they haven't already conquered us xD

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2010, 11:10:09 AM »
Dogs have owners.  Cats have staff.

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2010, 03:14:10 PM »
We're in trouble if cats fire us as their staff.

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2010, 04:20:36 PM »
This is why I'm perfecting my ear-skritching skills.

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Re: Octopus using coconut shells as shelter
« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2010, 11:36:43 PM »
Opposable thumbs, the only reason our Cat overlords haven't done away with us..yet.