October 13, 2022 | Susan Napier-Sewell

How far away is death? Bigger brain vs. smaller?

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Whether it’s through National Geographic, scary shark shows, or observing sea creatures close up, we’ve learned that — just like animals in savannah habitats in the East African plains, the pampas of South America, or Northern Australia’s woodland expanse — there’s an anticipated pecking order, or hierarchy, of predators vs. their prey . . . and it often involves the predator’s brain or intelligence.

So, when it’s the crabs vs. octopuses (with their super-intelligent brain), it gets interesting fast. You’d be right to think the octopus almost always has the advantage and here’s why:

  • Octopuses move with great speed.
  • Their eight long arms are covered in suckers, making it a shoo-in for them to catch and grip prey while chomping into the catch with powerful jaws.
  • And did you know that each of an octopus’ arms can think for itself (so the brain in the head can focus on another problem)?
  • Octopus ink can blind the recipient with its spray; that same ink can mess up the prey’s sense of smell and taste.

Take a look at how far away is death for what’s under the waves in this BBC video:

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