Monday, January 24, 2011

Amazing Powers of the Octopus

David Attenborough narrates this video clip showing how the cuttlefish and octopus can make rapid changes in color, shape, texture. These abilities, in combination with a formidable reasoning ability, can bluff predators or confuse prey.

Such displays of awareness and responsiveness in invertebrates force us to revise our notions of intelligence in the animal kingdom, and they provide fresh ideas for creature designers.
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Don Cox said...

Animals are much more intelligent than we like to think. It can be very hard to trap adult mice, for instance.

Read a book called "Birds as Individuals" by Howard. She tamed the birds in her garden and found that each had its own personality.

Anand Friesen said...

Inspiring video.
Humans definitely can think too highly of themselves. The world is full of amazing beings.