Researchers Discover How Octopus Suckers Do Not Grab Onto The Creature Itself

May 16, 2014 8:28 AM

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Researchers Discover How Octopus Suckers Do Not Grab Onto The Creature Itself

The study, published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, revealed that the special chemical helps the octopus to avoid being tangled up in its own suckers, even as the animal’s brain is unaware of what its eight arms are doing, and is expected to contribute to the field of robotics.

“We were surprised that nobody before us had noticed this very robust and easy-to-detect phenomena,” Guy Levy of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the study’s co-author, said in a statement. “We were entirely surprised by the brilliant and simple solution of the octopus to this potentially very...

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