The Social Octopus

Latest update August 4, 2019 Started on September 15, 2018

Brain evolution has often been correlated with the demands of social life, the idea being that navigating the complexity of social interactions has the potential to drive the evolution of cognition. However this theory does not seem to explain how solitary octopuses can express such high levels of cognition, i.e. intelligence. Or does it? The aim of this project is to describe the social environment octopuses live in the wild, during collective hunts with partner fish, how inter-specific communication is performed, and how it affects decision making of both octopuses and fish partners.

September 15, 2018