It is a little known fact but octopi can leave water and survive, for a while, on land. They’re not the most graceful of creatures on land but they remain remarkably versitle and intelligent even out of their natural habitat.
This video was published in June 2011 but has recently become popular. It was recorded at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and shows a relatively small octopus leaving the water and apparently dispositing a crab at the feet of stunned watchers before returning to the sea.
The motiviation of that octopus might not be so clear however this next video the intent is more obvious.
This octopus is on board a shrimping ship off the coast of Alaska because it had been found in a shrimp trap. Not only had it broken into the shrimp trap to eat the shrimp it had then unscrewed the lid of the bait jar and eaten those bait pellets as dessert.
The crew decided to respect the creature’s intelligence and not kill it. The octopus decided to walk off the ship and back to the sea.
In Pure Spirit
If octopi are this intelligent is it wrong to eat them? Or are they just creeping looking fish?