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8 Amazing Octopus Videos
by Chris Higgins - January 24, 2010

Hiding Under Coconut Shells

Scientists caught these octopuses near Indonesia using coconut shells similar to how herbit crabs use shells — as a place to hide.

Octopus Opening Jar to Get Food

It’s well-documented that octopuses can learn how to open jars to get to food inside. Here’s just one of many such videos on YouTube:

Here’s another octopus opening a plastic container:

Octopus Escaping Through a One-Inch Hole

It must be convenient being an invertebrate. This guy must do this all the time at parties.

Shark Versus Octopus

If you can get past the annoying narration, this is pretty impressive. Given the topic of this post, I wonder who will win?

Octopus Bipedally “Walking”

Creepy, but it makes sense — octopuses have two “legs” and the other tentacles are considered “arms.” Perhaps soon they’ll begin using the internet.

The Indonesian Mimic Octopus

By changing its color, mode of movement, and arrangement of tentacles, this octopus impersonates a variety of undersea creates. I wonder if it does a good Jay Leno?

This video first shows a coconut octopus “sheltering” inside a broken glass, and then some new footage of a mimic octopus doing its thing.

Further Reading

Check out the amazingly bad Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus trailer, 8 Octopus Facts (one for each arm), The Odd, Odd Octopus, and an explanation of why “octopuses” or “octopodes” is considered correct — not “octopi.”

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