Smart Cephalopods

Octopus intelligence may come from a molecule also found in human brains

We have more in common with these sea creatures than it may seem.

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image of translucent octopus underwater
Nir Friedman
Octopuses are some of the most fascinating animals on Earth

The cephalopods have so many unique traits they’ve regularly been compared to aliens.



“They say if you want to meet an alien, go diving and make friends with an octopus.”

Prof. Nikolaus Rajewsky, Scientific Director, Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology, Max Delbrück Center