Sunday, 28 July 2013

Coconut Octopus

This may not strike you as the burning question of the day, but I feel obliged to ask it, mainly because the subject makes a terrific photo. Is the Veined or Coconut Octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) the world's most intelligent cephalopod? It is the only invertebrate known to use tools and one of only two octopuses known to exhibit bipedal behaviour by "walking" on two of its legs. Its tool-making consists of building its own little fortress out of cut halves of coconut shells. Hence one of its common names. CLICK to see a BBC video of it in action. It lives in the tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Now that I've attracted your attention with this fascinating cephalopod, may I ask you to sign an AVAAZ online petition to save Australia's Great Barrier Reef? For years the Great Barrier Reef has been under threat from global warming, industrial pollution and even wild pig poo (CLICK). Recently US fighter jets dumped bombs near it during a military exercise that went wrong (CLICK)! Please CLICK to sign the petition.


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