You can add octopuses to the growing list of species in the animal kingdom that employ tools in day to day life.
Underwater footage proves in at least eight instances that the tentacle-y creatures use items such as human discarded coconut shells to craft shelters, behavior that was previously unknown to humans. Octopuses were observed using the tactics by researchers between 1999 and 2008, off the coasts of Northern Sulawesi and Bali in Indonesia:
One of the researchers, Dr Julian Finn from Australia’s Museum Victoria, told BBC News: “I almost drowned laughing when I saw this the first time.”
He added: “I could tell it was going to do something, but I didn’t expect this – I didn’t expect it would pick up the shell and run away with it.”
The octopuses were seen snatching and cleaning the shells, and running awkwardly up to 60 feet before turning the coconut halves into shelters. The smarty-pants sea creatures are thought to have adapted to the availability of coconut shells left by humans on the sea bed, having previously used large bivalve shells.