Thursday, March 09, 2006

Cephalopod for Governator

It's even cooler than Terminator 2 - because it's real. This isn't exactly new, and it isn't exactly news, but it's worth a watch anyhow. Take a look as Roger Hanlon, a marine biologist at Wodes Hole, stumbles upon a cephalopod (Octopus vulgaris) pretending to be a rock. This is, without question, one of the more remarkable animal videos I've seen if only because, in an age where practically everything we see seems to have benefited from some CGI-enhancement, there are no special effects.

Anyone interested in reading more should pick up a copy of the most recent issue (April 2006) of Discover, which contains an interesting short piece on what cephalopods can teach us about language.

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