Check out this beautiful conch shell … … Well, actually it’s an octopus.
Octopuses are well known for their smarts. They’re the most intelligent of the cephalopods, and are renowned for their Houdini-like ability to escape from humans. (One story is told of the octopus who escaped from a tank in the hull of a boat where he was being held captive … made his way up the stairs … and over the edge of the boat back into the ocean.)
Look where the arrow is pointing. That’s not part of the octopus; that’s a black marble jawfish pretending to be part of the octopus since her coloring fits so well.
A lone octopus wends her way across the floor near a hydrothermal vent 7,800 feet below the surface of the Antarctic Ocean. She’s just one of thousands of sea creatures seen by humans for the first time when a team from Oxford University sent a remote camera down to visit them.
The web is crawling with video of an octopus climbing out of the ocean for a painstaking walk over the rocks before sliding back into a ocean. Along the way, she drops a crab. Onlookers say she was leaving them a gift. (Why do we we humans assume everything is about us?)
Scientists once thought that tool use was the defining feature of humans. Animals using tools is a a sign of extraordinary intelligence that shows an ability to manipulate an object.