OCTOPUS CRAWLS OUT OF WATER, WALKS ON DRY LAND: A family visiting the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, California, caught an incredible video of an octopus crawling out of water and onto dry land where it proceeded to walk around. The video is especially unique because octopi are notoriously shy with humans, other creatures, and even members of their own species.
Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjQr3lRACPI&feature=player_embedded
As it turns out, walking on land in the octopus kingdom is not as unique as you might think:
Some would let themselves be captured, only to use the net as a trampoline. They’d leap off the mesh and onto the floor—and then run for it. Yes, run. “You’d chase them under the tank, back and forth, like you were chasing a cat,” [Middlebury College researcher Alexa] Warburton said. “It’s so weird!”
Octopuses in captivity actually escape their watery enclosures with alarming frequency. While on the move, they have been discovered on carpets, along bookshelves, in a teapot, and inside the aquarium tanks of other fish—upon whom they have usually been dining.
However, it’s quite unusual to capture video of a walking octopus in action. Part of the reason that studies on the creatures have been so limited, aside from their brief three-year life spans, is that they are notoriously shy, usually avoiding contact not only with humans, but with any other creatures, including fellow octopi.
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