Tool-Using Octopus Caught on Film
Scientists recently captured on film a veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) using coconut shells as tools. A team of researchers from the United Kingdom & Australia observed octopuses carrying and stockpiling discarded coconut halves. Later, they were seen using the oversized pieces of shell to build a protective armor. The researchers say this is an example of true tool use, as is seen in chimps and some birds, and not simply the use of a found object, as seen in hermit crabs, because the shell are kept for future use.