Archived posts with tag ‘squid’

Learning from Aliens

There may indeed be “friends from out of town” amongst us, but our own neighbors are plenty strange. The more we learn about octopuses, squid and cuttlefish the more they startle us with their sheer outlandishness. A calamari appetizer when alive can maneuver with a waterjet, grapple and taste with tongue-like tentacles, bite through a finger with a beak and change colors like a chameleon. Captive octopuses routinely escape their tanks, open screw jars and solve puzzles like apes, and squid have been observed literally flying above the sea in energy-saving glides.

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