Octopus intelligence

We are just beginning to understand the remarkable intelligence of the octopus. I've conducted research at the Seattle Aquarium and in the field on the Caribbean island of Bonaire to study how octopus learn and the behavioral adaptations they've developed to survive and thrive.

Heading out for octopus field observations on the island of Bonaire.

Administering a cognitive test to "Billye" the Giant Pacific Octopus at the Seattle Aquarium.

Related publications:

Blustein, DH and RC Anderson. 2016. Localization of octopus drill holes on cowries. American Malacological Bulletin. DOI: 10.4003/006.034.0101

Blustein, DH & RC Anderson. 2011. Octopuses drill crab chelae on the inside (oral side). The Festivus, 43(1):6-7. [reprint]

Blustein, DH & RC Anderson. 2010. Cone shell found in an octopus midden in Bonaire. The Festivus, 42(10):131-132. [reprint]

Anderson, RC & DH Blustein. 2006. Smart octopus? The Festivus, 38:79. [reprint]