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Tremoctopus

How awesome is this creature? *woo*



You might want to watch it with the sound off, the music gets a little annoying after a while (well, it annoyed ME, anyway.)
Stills: Silhouetted against the surface
Swimming

And where would a reference post be without a Wikipedia entry?

I want to add octopi and stuff to the spider!kitty world. :(

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jill_dragon
Mar. 10th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
Cool, they actually looks quite beautiful swimming through the water.

I've been facinated with cephalopods ever since writing a paper about them during my first year at university. Did you know that some scientists credit octopi with intelligence equal to that of a cat's? It's been shown that they can learn and remember as well as being capable of recognizing objects and basic problem-solving. They're also very good escape artists (as many aquariums will tell you).

Do spider!kitties like water? Given the animals they shared traits from I'd almost think not.
keaalu
Mar. 10th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, cephalopods are fascinating. :) I personally love litle cuttlefishes. (It's what the creature in my icon was based on *points up*, although you'd probably never tell, now.)

I know what you mean about octopi though - they can squish themselves through tiiiiny spaces, and often it's the size of the beak that ultimately dictates what gaps they can get through. And they make "fake joints" in their arms to help them lift and manipulate things.

As for spider!kitties and water, I'm not sure. Fred likes fish eggs! But they made Screamer go get them, he didn't go fishing about for them himself. *ponders*
jill_dragon
Mar. 11th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
When I wrote my paaper I came across this story about and aquarium that had an octopus tank beside a tank of fish. Well the fish kept vanishing and no one could figure out why so they finally resorted to setting up a surveillance camera. When they played the tape they saw the octopus unlatching the lid of its tank and crawling out over to the fish tank, then unlatching that lid and crawling inside. It would then eat as many fish as it wanted and then it would crawl back inside its own tank by the time the keepers arrived. How awesome is that?
keaalu
Mar. 13th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
*lol!* Now THAT'S clever. :D Especially the way it managed to do it without getting caught in the fishtank (*halo!*) - I guess from a human point of view it doesn't look too impressive, but it proves they're smart. As I understand it, it's unusual for a nonhuman creature to have the intelligence to be able to do something semi-abstract like connect the time of day with the keepers coming along.

YAY FOR CEPHALOPODS
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