Tool using octopuses

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    A really interesting video with the article.

    BBC News - Octopus snatches coconut and runs

    An octopus and its coconut-carrying antics have surprised scientists.

    Underwater footage reveals that the creatures scoop up halved coconut shells before scampering away with them so they can later use them as shelters.

    Writing in the journal Current Biology, the team says it is the first example of tool use in octopuses.

    One of the researchers, Dr Julian Finn from Australia's Museum Victoria, told BBC News: "I almost drowned laughing when I saw this the first time."

    He added: "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."
     
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    :clap2: YEAH! :clap2:

    I love it, who knew Gilligan would save the Octopuses!

    I'm telling you, click on that link and read the story, this is great!

    Thanks for posting Old Rocks!
     
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    Who can logically deny that animals can think?
     
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    Reminds me of this:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDay6pg-lmY"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDay6pg-lmY[/ame]
     
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    oh ya ? Well can they put a lime in it ??
     
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    Octopuses are amazing creatures! We are finding out more and more about animal intelligence and how much smarter many of them are than we previously thought.
     
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    Non-humans don't have politicians-----that should tell ya something right there.
     
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    :eusa_hand: I am insulted by that! I was asked to run for public office once and nearly did. :tongue:
     
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    OMG--Eel lady for dog catcher---I'm glad you took your hat out of the ring.
     
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    Lol!!!!
     

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