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Questions from the Audience
Are any of the species of octopus that you’ve studied more dexterous than others, or do they all have roughly the same flexibility?
Yes we have seen them reject different foods, and this is part of our ongoing experiments. We are just beginning those experiments so we cannot yet tell you which foods of tastes are more attractive to the octopus.
What sort of predators to octopuses have in the wild and how do they stay safe from them?
Lots of fishes prey on octopuses. Eels will bit off an arm or two when octopuses are reaching in crevices where eels live. Typical fish predators like groupers, snappers, barracuda and the like all have been found with octopus remains in their stomachs. Sharks and porpoises and seals all eat octopuses on occasion, as do some diving birds.
Do all cephalopods have this sort of flexibility in their arms or is it just octopuses?
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