Drooling on the Pillow

Monday, March 28, 2005

How Do They Know Which Way is Backwards? 

Mick Hartley links to a BBC piece that claims that:
When faced with danger, the octopus can wrap six of
its legs around its head to disguise itself as a fallen
coconut shell and escape by walking backwards on the
other two legs, scientists have discovered.
And he provides a link to a web site that has video to prove it.

I wonder, though, why these clever fellows would choose to impersonate a walking coconut. That would certainly get my attention, hungry or no.

The octopus in the video looks more like Squidward than any fibrous drupe to me. Maybe that's off-putting enough.
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