As if it wasn’t enough for human to go all bonkers about recycling, now even marine creatures have started taking it seriously. No, I am not kidding, researchers in Indonesia have discovered more than 20 octopuses making their own mobile homes from discarded coconut shells. This never heard or seen ingenious idea of recycling is truly inspirational.
The research has shown that the eight-legged creatures have beautifully brought the shell halves thrown into the sea by humans into a more meaningful use. The scientists saw them gathering right sized coconut halves, stacking two together and then carrying them under their bodies over distances of up to 20 meters. This beautiful creature used a humorous form of locomotion, dubbed ‘stilt walking’ by the researchers in order to transport the shells. They carried the shells by first spreading themselves over a consignment of coconut shells, making their eight tentacles rigid and then raised the whole assembly to stroll on eight stilts across the sea floor.
After reaching their destination, the octopuses unloaded their shells bowls and placed them at the desired location forming a closeable lair by joining open ends together. The research is reported in the journal Current Biology. The researchers strongly believe that this is the first intelligent use of tools by an invertebrate. Check out the video to see them in action.