Octopuses coconut antics surprise scientists

These octopuses sure know how to adjust to human presence. Scientists say that this is the first recorded tool-using invertebrate. Not if you grew up along the coasts of the Philippine islands however. Kids gleaning along the coastal flats often find octopuses sheltered in tin cans and other “reusable” human refuse.

These eight-legged creatures need to be as wily as coyotes if they were to survive human encroachment. The prize for dumbing down on the evolutionary arms race is tragic: a gutted octopus sautéed with garlic. They need to fast-track their behavioral adaptation now that their camouflage is busted for all the world to see. These crazy media outlets, scientists, and bloggers should mind their own business. Let those octopuses pretend they’re coconuts, you nuts!

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