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How Smart Is An Octopus?

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In 2014, one of Roy Caldwell's octopuses went missing. Caldwell, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, had kept the reef octopuses (Abdopus aculeatus) in separate sealed tanks.


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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Tuesday August 22, 2017, 6:39 pm
Puzzled, he peered into the female octopus's tank and found spermatophores, the capsules that contain octopus sperm, floating in the water. He looked closer and found the male there, too, buried in the gravel.

The only way the male octopus could have made it into the female's tank, Caldwell said, is for the male to have wriggled through the pipe that fed water into both octopuses' tanks, an act some might deem proof of a calculated nighttime tryst.

Given the abundant neurons in an octopus — a whopping 500 million — individual personalities and anecdotes of octopuses playing, it's easy to imagine they are smart creatures. But is this just a matter of seeing intelligence where we want it to be?

More information on site and a link to an interesting video on the subject.

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Ben O (135)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 5:36 am
A lot smarter than many humans, that's for sure!

Animae C (507)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 5:41 am
All the more reason not to eat them!!!
LOL Ben, so true!

Peggy B (43)
Wednesday August 23, 2017, 8:28 am
Very interesting article. TYFS, Fiona.

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