Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Octopus Run

Crawling, swimming, squeezing, jetting—the range of movement available to an octopus is impressive. Yet some species occasionally choose to stand up on two arms and “run” backwards.

This is a neat trick to avoid predators - they lift up six of their arms and walk backward on the other two.

Chrissy Huffard, a Senior Researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, explains the pros and cons of this seemingly silly behavior and why an octopus might find looking foolish useful.

Watch & learn:

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