Hi, Mr. Nature here.
I don’t know how many of you have ever had a pet octopus. I never did, although I’ve heard they’re very popular in certain quarters.
Anyway, the interesting thing about an octopus is how smart it is. The one in this video was hauled out of the water by Alaskan shrimp fishermen. It had gotten into their shrimp trap through a three-inch hole and proceeded to eat the shrimp. Then it unscrewed the lid from the jar containing shrimp bait and ate that, too.
Really–how can an octopus figure out what a jar is and how to open it? It’s not like they get a lot of practice. If you had never before seen or heard of a screw-top jar, how long would it take you to discover how to open it?
The fishermen in this video allowed the octopus to escape back into the sea. They could have eaten him. They could also have named him Johnny and made a pet of him.
What would you have done?