Australian scientists find coconut-carrying octopus

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December 15, 2009 7:22:47 AM PST
Scientists in Australia say they've discovered an octopus that actually makes use of tools. They say that has never been seen before in an invertebrate.

Scientists have filmed the veined octopus (the Amphioctopus marginatus) picking out halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under its body and putting two shells together to create a hiding place.

Scientists Mark Norman and Julian Finn observed the odd activity in four of the creatures in Indonesia between 1998 and 2008.

The findings are published today in the journal Current Biology.