Octopus Use Coconut Shells As A Tool

Scientists in Australia filmed an octopus swimming across the ocean floor with discarded coconuts for shelter. Another octopus shoveled mud out of two coconut halves and hid inside the sphere. Lots of creatures hang out inside empty objects, but scientists say this is different because carrying and storing the coconut makes it a tool.

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Combine coconut and octopus and what do you get? No, not sushi. You get the first evidence of invertebrates using tools. Scientists filmed an octopus running across the ocean floor with discarded coconuts for shelter. Another octopus shoveled mud out of two coconut halves and hid inside the sphere. Lots of creatures hang out inside empty objects, but scientists say this is different because carrying and storing the coconut makes it a tool.

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