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For cephalopod molluscs that can't breathe air and have no skeleton, octopuses are terribly clever, and also slightly terrifying.
By
Signe Dean, Genevieve Dwyer

1 Feb 2016 - 4:16 PM  UPDATED 1 Feb 2016 - 4:16 PM

Last week a new study out of Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage revealed that, not unlike humans, octopuses can throw some rather tantrum-like behaviour when engaged in disputes.

This video via New Scientist shows how the eight legged creatures can change colour, change their posture and even throw debris at one another when they’re mid dispute. They also try and avoid confrontations wherever possible.

Octopuses are more than just one of the world’s most intelligent marine animals, they are also weirdly relatable – and something of a social media sensation.

This octopus took on a crab…. And won.

Youtube user Porsche Indrisie's video, shot in Yallingup, WA, quickly went viral after being shared in February last yeat, stacking up over 15 million views, as people around the world collectively commented “Only in Australia….”

That time this octopus stole a couple of coconut shells

It probably just wanted somewhere to hide out and avoid socializing. Who among us cannot relate?

That time this octopus was basically Houdini

The notoriously solitary creatures can basically fit through any tiny space due to their lack of bones - in the wild this is useful for fleeing from ocean predators, because they can squeeze through narrow cracks in underwater rocks and hide away.

Once an octopus made better World Cup predictions than the bookies

Paul the so-called ‘Octopus oracle’ became one of the most popular commentators of the 2010 Soccer World Cup and "made" more accurate picks than investment bank Goldman Sachs. Sadly, he died in his Sea Life Aquarium in October that year - but is now permanently memorialised in a shrine at Sea Life. Most octopuses have a relatively short life expectancy of less than a year, and only some larger species hang around for longer.

This octopus stealthily opened a jar

With eight muscular arms fully decked out with suction cups, it's no wonder a jar provides no challenge. You’ve got to watch out for these clever creatures, because such remarkable behaviour is not uncommon, and octopuses are some of the few marine species documented to use tools. There was also this time an octopus escaped from INSIDE a jar

This octopus made a break for it

This sneaky cephalopod called time on its extended stay at Seattle Aquarium. Pretty understandable really. And by the way, octopuses have three hearts - two pump blood in the gills, and the third one supplies the body.

That time this octopus was the king of camouflage

Thanks to specialised skin cells called chromatophores, various species of octopus, including the notoriously deadly Australian blue-ringed octopus, are able to sneakily blend into the background of their surroundings. And then balloon like a terrifying blossom.

Many marine biologists will tell you they would never indulge in a dish made out of octopus, because these animals are just too intelligent and likeable. We think they have a point.

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