Our octopuses are so smart. They are so unworldly and so advanced – honestly, they make us humans look like simple mammals. They remind me of what an alien species could be like…
Octopuses have eyes like cameras, have mastered invisibility, can slip through tiny holes, and have not two, but eight arms … that happen to be decked out with suckers that possess the sense of taste. And those arms can execute cognitive tasks even when dismembered. Octopuses have distinct personalities, can navigate through complex mazes, use tools, and figure out all kinds of complicated human stuff. Ad they are so different on how they look like, such as this Vampire Squid.
In fact, the octopus genome is almost as large as a human’s and actually contains more protein-coding genes: 33,000, compared with fewer than 25,000 in humans.
With all of these marvelous maneuverings in mind, I confess I wasn’t that surprised to see what happened when handlers of the beautiful boy in the OctolabTV video below presented him with a puzzle. In the intelligence test, they gave the octopus a twist top bottle with a tasty snack inside. Obviously, they were expecting to watch the little guy figure out how to unscrew the top.
Wuahaha, thinks the octopus!!