Life is abundant in our oceans. There is sufficient nutrition for all sorts of animals, and evolution has helped different species to adapt to their environment in different ways. Many animals have a physiology that is comparable to ours, even if we do look very different externally. Even fish have some similarities to ourselves. Other animals, however, are so different that it is difficult to see any similarities at all. One such animal is the octopus, and they are very different from us indeed.
Octopuses have long been a creature of legend; there are stories of gigantic octopuses attacking sailors and their ships. The reality is that few will grow large enough to attack a person, although there is one giant species that lives deep in the ocean. Despite their unusual appearance, octopuses are intelligent creatures and continue to amaze us with their behaviours. Unfortunately for the octopus, many are likely to end up on dinner tables in Asia and some other parts of the world.
These inquisitive animals are so incredible that they have frequently been the subject of scientific research. The more we research octopuses, the more incredible facts we discover about them.
Octopus Fact #10: Excellent Problem Solvers
Many people like to think that humans are something special because we are the most intelligent animal on earth. While that may be true, some other animals are a lot smarter than we might think. The more we investigate, the more we find that the animal world is full of intelligent species, and that includes those that live beneath the waves.
They may not look like anything special, but octopuses are very good at problem solving. They have repeatedly demonstrated an ability to open jars and other containers to get to the contents inside. They have also been observed using tools to their advantage, such as using coconuts to create a safe shelter.
Octopuses are members of the intelligent species club, along with humans, other apes, orcas, dolphins, and a number of other animals. While they may not be anywhere near humans in terms of intelligence, who knows where evolution will take them millions of years from now?
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