The Octopus Essay by Peter Pen

The Octopus
This paper discusses the intelligence of the octopus, which is an invertebrate.
# 62197 | 1,215 words | 3 sources | APA | 2005
Published on Nov 13, 2005 in Biology (Zoology)

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This paper explains that scientists have discovered in big-brained invertebrates-- octopuses and their cephalopod cousins, the cuttlefish and the squid--- cognitive, behavioral and affective traits, which were once considered exclusive to the higher vertebrates. The author points out that biologists claim that octopus in the Seattle Aquarium can recognize certain people if they encounter them on a regular basis thus demonstrating their intelligence. The paper relates that not only do octopuses act in ways that parallel other intelligent animals but also they entertaining themselves by playing with toys.

From the Paper:

"Unfortunately, octopuses only live for an average of 2 years and spend most of these years taking advantage of the learning experiences they face each and every day. With such a short life span, these underwater creatures do not have the opportunity to build on their knowledge and maintain a full capacity of their peculiarly large brains. An octopus's childhood can be closely compared to that of a runaway, with no one and nothing to rely on for support and learning. "The young octopus learns on its own with minimal contact with conspecifics and no influences of parental care or sibling rivalry." Developing on their own and learning everything required to survive by experience, the cognitive ability of these creatures is exceptional."

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