Octopuses are very interesting, aren’t they. We are used to thinking of animals without backbones not being very smart. Octopuses and their relatives can do some amazing things. Here’s a site that you may enjoy: Octopus.
Different species of octopus have different life spans. Some only live six months. Some live 5 years. That’s still not very long for animals that are good at learning. They hatch from eggs. The mother guards the eggs, but usually does not survive long after the eggs hatch. The babies have to learn on their own.
Like other intelligent animals, they probably do play, meaning that they do things that take energy, even if there’s no obvious reason, like getting food or escaping predators. Play is a way of practicing and learning.
Different octopuses may hunt in different ways, but they are good at disguising themselves. They can change their shape, color, and texture. Then they can surprise prey and hit or grab it with their tentacles.
What might be some of the advantages of working on instinct instead of having to learn? What might be some of the advantages of learning instead of working by instinct?
Thanks for asking.