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By / 12.15.09

A breed of octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) has started using coconut shells as portable armor.  The end is nigh.  The second video below is longer but doesn’t have the narration of the first video. I suggest playing “Yakety Sax” in the background to lend audio to the second video.

Some marine biologists are exitedly calling this “the first recorded example of tool use in invertebrates”, which prompted one blogger to spit out some funyuns and yell, “Nuh uh!  It’s only tool use if they use the coconut shell to act upon another object, such as using them for food preparation or as a weapon.”  I lead a charmed life, dashing the joy of others like I dash squid against rocks.  If only the squid knew how to defend themselves with a hard shell from something.

[New Scientist]

See how well they sync up?


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