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some octopuses appear to also use tools.
Veined octopuses observed off the coast of Indonesia carried coconut shell
halves under their bodies, and assembled them as necessary into shelters ?
something that wasn?t supposed to be possible in their corner of the animal
?To date, invertebrates have generally been regarded as lacking the cognitive
abilities to engage in such sophisticated behaviors,? wrote Museum Victoria
biologists who described the octopuses in a paper published Monday in Current
Biology. ?The discovery of this octopus tiptoeing across the sea ?oor with its
prized coconut shells suggests that even marine invertebrates engage in
behaviors that we once thought the preserve of humans.?