From yesterday’s interview with Michael Pitt for I ORIGINS.
JIMMY - I miss you so much.
For the love of the octopus! Crazy smart, sensitive, and adaptable…
Octopuses are going to kill us all someday
I had a biology teacher that told us this story about an octopus at an aquarium in Australia. The staff were concerned because their population of crustaceans kept disappearing. No bodies or anything. So they checked the video feed to find out what’s up.
Across from the the crustacean tank was a small octopus tank. This little fucker squeezed out of a tiny hole at the top of his tank, walk across the hall, and get into the crustacean tank. He would then hunt and eat. After he was done, he crawled back out and get back in his tank
Here’s the kicker: security guards patrolled the area. The staff realized that the octopus had memorized the security’s routine. It would escape and be back between the guards’ round.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again - it’s not dolphins or chimps or crows we have to look to as our intellectual equals, it’s motherfuckin’ octopuses. They’re the tricky ones.
I love that the source video is titled “The terrible ability of the octopus!” which may be nothing more than an awkward transliteration but is still fantastic. I further love that after it’s worked the lid off, it just tosses the thing away and settles back inside the jar. Octopuses, man. Their whole body is just a weird floppy muscle.
PEOPLE THINK I’M CRAZY WHEN I NAME MY GREATEST FEAR, BUT