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How Smart Is an Octopus?

Hold your fork—octopuses and other mollusks are more intelligent than you may think.
Topic: NatureNature

Cephalopods—octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish—are some of the weirdest creatures on Earth. They perform fantastic feats of camouflage, boast surprisingly large brains, and can even solve problems—like how to get tasty shrimp out of a twist-top jar. But are these remarkable behaviors truly a sign of intelligence?

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