Octopuses outsmart marine scientists

When University of Cape Town researchers lowered a specially-designed “baited” camera into False Bay to film life underwater, they had not reckoned on the wiliness of the bay’s octopuses. Not only did one manage to open the bait canister and eat its fill of the pilchards inside, but some of its mates made off with bits of equipment.

UCT research assistant Lauren de Vos said yesterday: “We were flummoxed by how clever they are, smart enough to unclip the bait canister which is not easy, and we’ve had several pieces of equipment stolen. We’ve got it all on film.”

Read more here on Cape Times and visit Save our Seas

Testing, testing … 1,2,3! from Lauren De Vos on Vimeo.


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