Run, Octopus, Run!

Crawling, swimming, squeezing, jetting—the range of movement available to an octopus is impressive. Yet some species occasionally choose to stand up on two arms and “run” backwards. Chrissy Huffard, a Senior Researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, explains the pros and cons of this seemingly silly behavior and why an octopus might find looking foolish useful. (For an education activity about cephalopod locomotion, click here.)

This video is part our 2nd annual Cephalopod Week. Click here to join the Cephaloparty already underway!


Produced by Luke Groskin
Music by Audio Network
Interview filmed by Christian Baker
Footage by
Chrissy Huffard
Joe Furman (Youtube User iguana706)
Kaj Maney (Vimeo Channel – liquidguru)
Justin Grubich

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