Thinking Skin

Some great links on the biology, cognition, and behavior of¬†octopus, cuttlefish, and other cephalopods, including the¬†incredible morphology of their arms and skin, and attendant development of their highly distributed neurological system (same number of neurons as a cat, but 2/3 distributed throughout the arms) and associated behavior (mimicry, camouflage, mesmerization, and other nomadic/”soft” tactics).

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Marine biologist describing the mechanisms of octopus skin coloration. VERY USEFUL

Great video of octopus and the beer bottle – squeezing and adaptive coloration. VERY USEFUL

Overview of octopus morphology and intelligence. USEFUL, esp. at 3:40

Great overview of octopus neurology.

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