Harbingers of Cthulhu’s Return III: Tool-Using Octopuses

It’s getting pretty frightening, kids. Not only are cephalopods growing human-like teeth and playing with toys, but now we come to learn that they are starting to use tools!

According to some dude calling himself “RAD”:

How do you define tool use? I came across the little octopus on a night dive. He was walking around carrying two halves of a shell with him. When threatened, he closed himself up inside the shell. Now many animals, like the hermit crab, adopt a shell for protection but in this case the octopus carried around two sides that he knew fit together. That comes close to tool use in my book.


We can no longer be sure what’s going to spring out of any given seashell. That’s terrific and terrifying all at once.

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14 Responses to Harbingers of Cthulhu’s Return III: Tool-Using Octopuses

  1. shush now says:

    That is cool and also very, very creepy

  2. Miz Blo says:

    wow thats just… wow.

  3. Auds says:

    That's freakin' awesome!I love little octopuses. And squid. There is something quite adorable about them.

  4. Brown Suga' says:

    Wow. All I can say is Braaaaaaaaains.

  5. Roboco says:

    all i can say is YUMMO. i love some octopud.

  6. tom says:

    It could be using tools; it could be wearing pants. I don't know which is more frightening.

  7. lauowolf says:

    octopusscats are way cool

  8. Kzinti says:

    Yeah, they have been seen using tools to get at dinner in crevices and cracks. Things like sticks and such. They'll be taking over when the ice melts and floods the world over. We'll all be working for them soon…

  9. Kirk says:

    "They'll be taking over when the ice melts and floods the world over…"…and when the stars are right.

  10. jaypo says:

    They're smart, they are. Respect.

  11. SweetMisery says:

    I could use a good shell on occasion.

  12. Lauri says:

    Not only are they smart, they are ADORABLE!I would be happy to have them as my god.

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