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Octopus Crawls Out of Water and Begins Walking on Land (Video)

Octopus Crawls Out of Water and Begins Walking on Land (Video)

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on November 25, 2011. Enjoy!

Written by Jerry James Stone, Treehugger

Wow, check out this amazing video of an octopus literally crawling out of the water and walking across dry land.

It turns out this behavior is not as uncommon as one might expect. Captive octopuses escape with alarming frequency. While on the lam, they have been discovered in teapots and even on bookshelves.

“Some would let themselves be captured, only to use the net as a trampoline. They’d leap off the mesh and onto the floor—and then run for it. Yes, run. You’d chase them under the tank, back and forth, like you were chasing a cat,” Middlebury College researcher Alexa Warburton says. “It’s so weird!”

That said, capturing it on film is quite rare. Mainly because studies on octopuses are so limited due to the creature’s typical shyness and their brief life span of about three years. Back in 2005, the journal Science first published findings on this behavior. However, this was underwater. These octopuses were the first animals to walk on two limbs without a hard skeleton; usually they use all eight legs.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if other octopus species also walk,” said Science author Christine Huffard, from the University of California, Berkeley.

It seems like they do!

This post was originally published by Treehugger.

 

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9:31PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

What an amazing feat. I did not realize they could stay out of water that long. I was worried it would get stuck on land.

3:23PM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

If we could ever really measure the intelligence of animals, rather than assuming that our intelligence (both form and type of communication) is the only good one, we might find out the octopus was out-thinking us most of the time.

12:16AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Octopus are amazing! Funny story (allegedly true) - fish were being stolen from an aquarium. Authorities were baffled and couldn't find the culprits. Finally they hid inside the aquarium. In the early hours, they heard splashing noises. The Octopus climbed out of its tank, crawled along the floor, climbed into another tank, munched on some fish, then went back to its own tank again. Scientists were amazed! A heavy sheet of glass was placed on the Octopus tank to prevent the thief from any further night time wanderings!

7:14PM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

for some reason watching that poor creature try to move around on land made me very sad

5:32PM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

Thank you

9:42AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

O_O

10:11PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

great article

6:48PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

Octopi are awesome!

4:52PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

Amazing !!!!!!!!!

10:38AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

Absolutely Fascinating - Thanks for sharing! ^,^

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