With nine brains, blue blood and a talent for camouflage, the octopus is one of the most fascinating creatures in the sea.
Slow progress may be better than none at all for animals living in the UK.
Octopus build cities, establish hierarchies and show social group behaviours. Domesticating will mean creating a new kind of octopus, with ecological and ethical implications.
A proposed new large-scale octopus farm in Spain is a huge risk to the welfare of this sentient and intelligent animal.
The fossil is the oldest known vampyropod to date.
Octopus, crabs, prawns demonstrate clear signs of emotion, such as pain and ‘anxiety-like’ behaviour.
They can open jars, use tools, remember instructions and attack on command. But they’re still not the smartest cephalopod in the sea…
In the red corner is the octopus with eight muscular, hyper-flexible arms. In the blue corner is the bird with killer vision and two sharp claws for catching prey with incredible speed and precision.
Colour-changing patterns in snoozing octopuses are characteristic of two alternating sleep states.
If octopuses simply started evolving a smarter brain, what stops them from ruling over humans? Why has this not happened already? An expert explains what these cephalopods might be capable of.
A marine version of the Stanford marshmallow experiment helped show cuttlefish can delay gratification.
Marine protected areas will be important for achieving the ocean Sustainable Development Goals.
Some scientists say attributing ‘human-like’ qualities to animals is misleading. Others say it’s a great tool for conservation. Either way, the Netflix hit My Octopus Teacher has a positive message.
We recorded the largest number of bigfin squids ever seen in one area. Before this, this rather elongated creature had only been spotted a dozen times across the globe.
Australia is home to 20 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world.
New squid research north of New Zealand nearly doubles the known cephalopod diversity in the Kermadec region, where a proposal to create one of the world’s largest marine reserves has stalled.
In May-August each year, giant Australian cuttlefish gather and mate over a narrow stretch of rocky coastline in South Australia. At their peak you see literally one cuttlefish per square metre.
Elusive and mysterious by nature, ordinary people are revealing the secrets of the UK’s octopuses.
Handedness is the tendency to prefer using one hand over the other to perform certain tasks. But how did we get this way?
Capuchin monkeys understand fairness, sheep recognise their friends, rats make sacrifices for buddies. Yes, animals are sentient. Here’s the science.