Those of us who spend time with animals know they are capable of processing emotions and becoming attached to humans. Apparently that even goes for octopus as well.
The emotional intelligence of an octopus has been confirmed by scientists and their studies.
“They are probably the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien,” said Peter Godfrey-Smith in his piece “The Mind of an Octopus” which was published in Scientific American Mind.
According to Godfrey-Smith, an octopus can tell human faces apart even when the humans are wearing identical uniforms. Their other human traits including playing with items, having long and short-term memory and being really clever when it comes to escaping.
One family find out just how human-like the creatures are after saving an octopus that was stranded on a beach.
“We spent our Holidays at the Red Sea,” their YouTube video caption reads. “While walking along a lonely beach we saw a stranded octopus in the sand. We were not sure if he is already dead. So we pushed him back into the water.”
They thought that would be the last they ever saw of the octopus but the next day they found out this wasn’t the case.
“He needed some minutes to recover, then he swam away. Next day we went to the same beach for a walk,” the caption reads. “While walking along the beach we saw a shadow in the water coming very quickly to us. It was our octopus we rescued yesterday! He recognized us!”
Not only did the octopus recognize them but it seemed to be very fond of the family and grateful for their efforts to rescue him.
“He accompanied with us a long time while we walked along the beach, all the time tried to touch our feet,” the caption reads. “We are sure that this Octopus came back to thank us for saving his life. It’s amazing how intelligent animals are.”
Of course animals are intelligent! Humans are just one of thousands of species living that were all created by and put here on this planet by the same act of God or Science (whatever you believe), so it would be silly to think that we would be the only ones with intelligence and emotions.
One thing this family decided after their encounter with the octopus, who they named Kurt, is that they will never eat octopus again.
Watch their friendly encounter with Kurt in the video below.
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By D.G. Sciortino | Animal Channel