Octopuses are actually highly intelligent. They use tools, they play with toys, they remember humans they haven't seen for months, they can predict actions and plan accordingly and they can solve complex puzzles.
Posted by: Steve | Nov 22, 2011 9:25:50 PM
Posted by: James | Nov 22, 2011 9:41:07 PM
...psst...I'm with James..it is evolution...but don't tell the Christians...pinky swear?
Posted by: FreddyMertz | Nov 22, 2011 10:29:02 PM
I remember watching a Discovery channel show where they predict what type of animals will evolve in the future, and they pretty much ended the show saying that Octupi will become land creatures and become similar to primates, and may eventually replace humans as the intelligent creatures of our planet.
Posted by: Robert | Nov 22, 2011 10:54:49 PM
Octopus inner monologue: "What's a guy gotta do to take a piss in private around here?!"
Posted by: CarlottaVonFunkenhowzer | Nov 22, 2011 11:22:10 PM
I have always found them to be repulsive to look at, but good to eat.
Posted by: princely54 | Nov 22, 2011 11:50:57 PM
@Robert: I remember that a while back, too! I thought it was super awesome because they're basically already the primates of the sea. It was super interesting.
Posted by: L'Herbs | Nov 23, 2011 12:24:52 AM
Wasn't there a news story a while back about a research facility that kept having crabs go "missing" from one of the tanks? They left a camera on and one of the octupi was climbing out of its aquarium, moving across the floor, getting into the crab tank and eating them, then moving back to its own tank.
Then there's this vid of an octopus stealing a diver's video camera, making him chase it and get it back. http://vimeo.com/10966874
Next thing you know they'll building temples to the Elder Gods using non-Euclidean geometry!
Posted by: Caliban | Nov 23, 2011 12:25:11 AM
And Jesus said: "The squid shall inherith the earth".
Many species of octopus are capable of walking on land in search of another body of water to explore or monopolize. Captive ones have been known to escape from open aquariums and walk towards the pool, sewer, or lake. Watch old Nat Geo, Discovery or Animal Planet episodes and you'll see there's nothing unusual in this behavior.
I'm sure someone will blame Obama or gay marriage for the cause of this.... I thought it was pretty cool =-)
Posted by: V-8 | Nov 23, 2011 6:47:01 AM
I was just waiting for the moment when one of those kids would come and play the "brave" role stepping on it while crawling and to the astonishment of the adults. Then, the adults would say "Moving on..."
Posted by: Chris in Irvine | Nov 23, 2011 10:16:04 AM
That was awesome.
As was the "Octopi Wall Street" comment above.
Posted by: Chris | Nov 23, 2011 10:34:31 AM
How long before UC SWAT teams start to pepper spray them?
Posted by: jomicur | Nov 23, 2011 11:20:18 AM
Hate to rain on everyone's cephalopodathon, but this is routine behavour for most octopi- short hops from rockpool to rockpool are how they hunt prey; it's just that such jaunts usually happen at night, when we're not around. Call me when one is spotted strolling down Broadway...