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Yay Cephalopods!

My thanks to james_nicoll for the link (in this blog entry).

Once again, evidence that cephalopods are just plain inherently cool.

"Bizarre" Octopuses Carry Coconuts as Instant Shelters
Matt Kaplan
for National Geographic News
December 14, 2009

Octopuses have been discovered tip-toeing with coconut-shell halves suctioned to their undersides, then reassembling the halves and disappearing inside for protection or deception, a new study says.

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ap_aelfwine
Dec. 15th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Goodness, that is very cool. Thanks!
ghostwolf
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
I wonder how far they have to go to get the shell halves: "Are you suggesting cephalopods are migratory!?"
kayshapero
Dec. 15th, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)
Neatly sliced halves, too, from the look of them. You have to wonder - is it just that the locals toss coconut shells into the water when they're through with them, or have the octopods discovered piña coladas? Which could also explain the funny walk...
fabula_umbrae
Dec. 15th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
That is incredibly nifty.
Cute too. :D
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