Detached octopus arms show awareness, react to danger

It's further evidence that octopus intelligence is unlike anything we've ever seen. Their arms continue to remain alert, reacting to pain, long after they have been removed from the body of the octopus. This isn't just post-mortem twitching — the tentacles are aware of their environment, and responding to danger. » 8/27/13 12:00pm 8/27/13 12:00pm

Watch an octopus steal food and beat up a shark AT THE SAME TIME

Octopuses are absolutely hilarious, what with their penchant for puzzle-solving and infinitely useful tentacles. Just check out this video by Lauren De Vos of the University of Cape Town's Marine Research Institute — while filming a bait canister in Cape Town's False Bay, a thieving octopus managed to undo the humans'… » 10/02/12 7:55am 10/02/12 7:55am

And now, a dolphin with an octopus stuck to its naughty bits

Dolphins are known to engage in interspecies play, but here's an example of some accidental interspecies foreplay. While observing bottlenoses last week off of the Greek island of Kalamos, biologist Joan Gonzalvo of the Ionian Dolphin Project photographed this, ahem, unique shot of a dolphin receiving the tender touch… » 6/18/12 10:35am 6/18/12 10:35am

Octopuses rewrite their RNA to function in frigid Antarctic waters

We all know octopuses are clever, but a recent study reveals that the brainy beasts are crafty even at the molecular level. In a study published in the latest issue of Science, researchers reveal that octopuses living in the hypothermic climes of Antarctica rely not on their DNA, but the revision of their RNA, to… » 1/06/12 10:40am 1/06/12 10:40am