Octopus Dreams

On the mind of an octopus, from Orion:

Here is someone who, even if she grows to one hundred pounds and stretches more than eight feet long, could still squeeze her boneless body through an opening the size of an orange; an animal whose eight arms are covered with thousands of suckers that taste as well as feel; a mollusk with a beak like a parrot and venom like a snake and a tongue covered with teeth; a creature who can shape-shift, change color, and squirt ink. But most intriguing of all, recent research indicates that octopuses are remarkably intelligent.

My whale biologist mother began her research career with octopus behavior, so this especially caught my eye.  There’s a lot, lot, lot more to learn about this world.  And I like this article because it isn’t just about “research” as constructed by Western science – it’s also about interaction and connection.

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One Response to Octopus Dreams

  1. Uncle Peter says:

    I remember Ellie had an octopus named Strawberry that she studied (cause it was red). Occasionally, she would have an octopus that she was studying for a while, but didn’t have a place to keep it long term. So, to solve this dilemma, she would merely cook it, and eat it for dinner.

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