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  •  Sounds weird but I really like the octopus (2+ / 0-)
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    Hopeful Skeptic, FishOutofWater

    When I was a kid we went to some ginormous aquarium and for some reason I was left alone by an octopus display for about 30 minutes and one of them, a little one, just would not stop trying to get my attention.  The thing wanted to play.  It followed my finger up and down the glass, looked me over with its googly eyes, and seemed to be trying to escape since one tentacle kept casing the top of the joint on the container.  I had the best time with it. When I got home I found out how smart, yes smart, they are.  They know colors, can be taught tricks.  How cool would that be, to have a pet octopus that you could teach tricks?

    OK...I know it was probably just chasing a kid's finger cause it was bored or whatever, but it COULD have been playing.  

    Yeah, I'm a nerd.  Sigh.

    Which side are you on?

    by wiseacre on Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 10:30:48 PM PST

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    •  Here's an example of how smart they are (2+ / 0-)
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      Hopeful Skeptic, FishOutofWater

      Otto the Octopus was the culprit in repeatedly shorting out an external light that was shining into his aquarium, by climbing out the rim of his tank and shooting a jet of water in the light's direction.  They had to have an electrician sleep over to find out what was wrong.

      I just think that's awesome.  Maybe I'm easily amused.

      Which side are you on?

      by wiseacre on Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 10:37:42 PM PST

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      •  They are amazing animals. Thanks for the links! (0+ / 0-)

        "The death penalty is never about the criminal. They've already done their worst. The question is always "will we join them"?" - jlynne

        by Hopeful Skeptic on Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 11:55:24 PM PST

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