On an expedition in Hawaii, a remote underwater vehicle filmed a dumbo octopus swimming with its ear-like fins near the seafloor. The pale white creature is one of the deepest-dwelling octopuses on Earth.
The seven-arm octopus, which actually has eight arms, is one of the largest octopus species and is rarely seen by people because it normally dwells in the deep sea.
As Cold War tensions rose, Gregory Bateson was busy observing two solitary octopuses learning to live together in a single tank — and it gave him an idea about managing geopolitical relations.
Octopuses edit their RNA to adapt to fluctuating temperatures, from the warm waters of summer to chilly ocean temperatures in winter.
The male octopus was repeatedly filmed violently jolting awake from sleep and engaging in unusual activities, but exactly what prompted this odd behavior is unclear.
By surgically attaching electrodes to octopuses, researchers have been able to peer inside the cephalopods’ minds for the very first time.
An unnamed woman was bitten twice by a blue-ringed octopus, which contains one of the most dangerous neurotoxins on the planet, but she escaped relatively unharmed.
Octopus brains may have grown smart from an enormous diversity of microRNAs that let them grow multiple types of brain cells.
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