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Aug. 12, 2011

Coconut-carrying Octopus

by Leslie Taylor

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In this video, a veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, demonstrates its ability to use a tool for defense. The octopus carries a coconut shell as it travels, then, when danger approaches, it tucks itself inside for safety. Clever!
 
 
Finn, J.K., T. Tregenza and M.D. Norman. (2009) Defensive tool use in a coconut-carrying octopus, Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 23, R1069-R1070, 15 December 2009
 
About Leslie Taylor

Leslie is the online editor at Workboat.com and NationalFisherman.com. She has a background in oceanography and is passionate about getting non-scientists and young people to realize how cool science can be. She is also Science Friday's former web editor.

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