Thursday, March 24, 2005

Moonwalking Coconut Octopus

Nature reports the finding of Cal Berkeley scientists in Indonesia, who have recorded the incredible get-away movements of two small species of octopus.

Octopus marginatus, about the size of an apple, flees danger by shaping itself into a coconut and moonwalking backwards across the sand. Octopus aculeatus, on the other hand, raises its arms above its head to look like a clump of agae. Funny evolutionary tactics.


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