Tool-Using Octopus Caught on Film

Veined or Coconut octopus at Lembeh Straits, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Image Credit: Jens Petersen/Wikipedia

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.

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