How the Octopus Keeps its Eight Arms Untangled When Crawling (VIDEO)

April 17, 2015 10:49 AM

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Octopuses look gangly and odd with their many arms. Yet these creatures can gracefully capture prey and move their environment with their flexible arms. Now, scientists have made the first ever kinematic analysis of octopus arm coordination to figure out how these animals manage to stay untangled.

"Octopuses are unique locomotion strategies that are different from those found in other animals," said Binyamin Hochner, one of the researchers, in a news release. "This is most likely due to their soft molluscan body that led to the evolution of 'strange' morphology, enabling efficient locomotion ...

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