At the Kolmården Wild Animal Park, dolphins like young Luna can now aim their echolocation beam at shapes on an underwater screen to indicate their choices and answer questions. The project is called ELVIS (The Echo Location Visualization and Interface System) and it’s currently being used to help the dolphins choose the types of fish they want to eat. Research Director Mats Amundin hopes that the system can someday help dolphins make more choices about toys or music, or even use it to express their emotions.
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Now that mobile phones are so central to our daily lives, how can the phone booth, an increasingly obsolete and disappearing public object, serve a new, more playful function? Here’s one idea: Phone Booth Aquariums (Evasion Urbaine), installations by Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille.
In this video from the Monterey Bay Aquarium team, learn about how the intelligent Giant Pacific Octopus grabs, climbs, embraces, explores, tastes, recognizes, and more with its eight arms and around 2,000 suckers.
And if you’re near California’s Monterey Bay in the spring of 2014, be sure to visit the aquarium’s upcoming special exhibition, Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes.
This creature is called both a Red Batfish or Starry Handfish (Halieutaea stellata). Here it’s eating bait at Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, Japan, but they are normally found “on the continental shelves of the Indo-Pacific oceans at depths of between 50 and 400 m. They are up to 30 cm long.”
Octopuses are among the most intelligent species in the animal kingdom. In total, an octopus has 500 million neurons, located in both its brain and throughout its arms. In addition to grabbing onto prey and climbing rocky underwater structures, an octopus uses its suckers to taste and sense.
There are more octopuses to celebrate with in the archives.