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Randy
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Posted - 12/15/2009 :  11:10:42  Show Profile Send Randy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Now, this is way cool. Great video too. Octopus forethought uses discarded coconut shells for protection when needed...

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/2009/12/14/tool-using-octopus-uses-coconut-shells-as-body-armor/

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Posted - 12/15/2009 :  11:16:11   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Randy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Bit more info here...
http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2009/12/15/first-tool-using-invertebrate-octopus-with-a-mobile-home/

"We are all connected; to each other biologically, to the earth chemically, to the rest of the universe atomically."

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filthy
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Posted - 12/15/2009 :  12:49:39   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Octopi are some of the most marvelous creatures on earth. They are right at the top of my favorites list, crowding rattlesnakes for #1 position. And they are very tasty!

Neat videos; thanks!




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Edited by - filthy on 12/15/2009 17:16:05
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Kil
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Posted - 12/15/2009 :  13:01:52   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Very cool!!!!

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Posted - 12/15/2009 :  16:53:40   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey, who died and made them sapient?

Consider: Each octopus that comes up with something clever like this apparently does it by individual invention. They are solitary creatures, and have no culture. If there is ever a social species of octopus, we are doomed. Doomed, I tell ya!

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Randy
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Posted - 12/15/2009 :  17:22:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Randy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by HalfMooner

Hey, who died and made them sapient?

Consider: Each octopus that comes up with something clever like this apparently does it by individual invention. They are solitary creatures, and have no culture. If there is ever a social species of octopus, we are doomed. Doomed, I tell ya!


Ha! Reminds me of this Onion article on Dolphins evolving an opposable thumb.

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HalfMooner
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Posted - 12/15/2009 :  17:43:00   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Randy

Originally posted by HalfMooner

Hey, who died and made them sapient?

Consider: Each octopus that comes up with something clever like this apparently does it by individual invention. They are solitary creatures, and have no culture. If there is ever a social species of octopus, we are doomed. Doomed, I tell ya!


Ha! Reminds me of this Onion article on Dolphins evolving an opposable thumb.
That was a masterpiece, even by Onion standards:
"I believe I speak for the entire human race when I say, 'Holy fuck,'" said Oceanographic Institute director Dr. James Aoki, noting that the dolphin has a cranial capacity 40 percent greater than that of humans. "That's it for us monkeys."

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
Edited by - HalfMooner on 12/15/2009 17:44:37
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