8-Legged Sentience?

Most people don’t think about the intelligence of animals, nor of their capacity to learn and grow and interact.
We often think we are the most intelligent creatures, and often take for granted that there are so many animals that are also smart and able to engage.
Octopuses are some of the most intelligent creatures both in or out of the water. There is evidence that they have a memory system that can store both short- and long-term memory, and they can perform complex problem-solving tasks and maze problems. An engineer from MIT was hired by an aquarium to design puzzles for the octopuses to stave off boredom, which can often lead to “naughty” behavior in captive octopuses. They have a tendency to pull apart their “habitats”, steal objects from handlers, and squirt streams of water at people.
Aside from having a highly complex nervous system, only part of which is localized in its brain, two-thirds of an octopus’s neurons are found in the nerve cords of its arms. They can move their arms even without input from the brain. Octopuses have been observed using tools, as well as showing signs of “play” behavior.
Octopuses have an amazing sense of touch as well. Their suction cups are lined with chemoreceptors so the octopus can taste what it is touching.How cool is that?!?! Imagine being able to taste things with your fingers?!
A misunderstood, yet incredibly fascinating creature, the octopus has been the subject of horror stories and legends for years; perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at the chameleons of the sea :)


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