But Tentacles are Delicious – Seriously!

February 28, 2009 at 12:25 am | Posted in interesting (to moose), Personal | Leave a comment

OK, that does it. No more eating octopuses for me! Over the past year I’ve seen at least three stories of octopuses displaying a high level of intelligence. And now there’s one more from Scientific American:

“On Thursday morning, workers filing into the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California were surprised to find 200 gallons (750 liters) of seawater soaking into their spanking new, ecologically sensitive flooring. It turns out that a curious two-spotted octopus had disassembled a water recycling valve and directed a tube to spew out of the tank for about 10 hours.”

Octopuses also have personalities

“We found there are three dimensions and we settled for names: activity, reactivity and avoidance. Avoidance is how shy you are. Activity is if you are very active or passive. And reactivity indicates whether you are very emotional or more blasé. Octopuses can have any mix of those traits.”

Maybe you’re thinking, “So what ScratchDude? Is octopus a big part of your diet? Just how big of a sacrafice is this?” But keep in mind that I will be in Japan for at least a year, and as I understand it the roads are literally paved with seafood.

And since we’re talking about not eating animals, I’ll throw down a link to another Scientific American study, How Meat Contributes to Global Warming.

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