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The Discovery of Socially Complex Octopi

Octopi often submerge themselves to the surface of the ocean (Photographed by Pixabay).

Octopi often submerge themselves to the surface of the ocean (Photographed by Pixabay).

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Could there possibly be a group of human-like octopi lurking within the ocean?

“I have not recently read about this specific topic or done any research to know about socially complex octopi. I would, however, like to learn and educate myself about this particular topic. Even though I have not read about this topic before, I do believe that socially complex octopi could very well be living under the surface of Earth’s oceans,” says Brashier parent Sonya Brown.

Marine biologists have recently discovered an innovative and unbelievable species of octopi, known as the Common Sydney Octopi. These octopi have roamed the Australian and New Zealand oceans for thousands of years, meeting exactly once a year to interbreed with their species.

“I think that the most intelligent octopi live in the deepest parts of the ocean because that is where many other unique creatures are found within the ocean. Specifically, I would say that they live in the Atlantic Ocean, since most octopi are found in this ocean,” says sophomore Zach Jensen.

An unlikely event occurred when marine biologists discovered fifteen Common Sydney Octopi off the coast of Eastern Australia in Jervis Bay during their non-breeding season. Not only were the octopi spotted, they were spotted exhibiting human-like social behavior in their underwater city.

“There is certainly a possibility that octopi could build an underwater city for themselves because this is the ecosystem that they surround themselves with every day, which I think would aid in their building of the city. As far as intelligence level, I would rate octopi at about a seven because of their natural ability to protect themselves from predators; I would also say that their body structure allows them to do so much more than other sea creatures,” says Jensen.

When marine biologists discovered the underwater masterpiece, they immediately named it “Octlantis.” Although biologists have named this discovery, they are still unsure about the environment’s development and how octopi could construct such a city using only the help of one another.

“I would most likely say that octopi build their cities out of debris, bones, minerals, rocks, and different surface materials. They use these materials because they’re most available to them on the ocean surface. It probably takes millions of years for these octopi to build their city because of certain circumstances that come with building any structure, like predators, ocean storms, and surface winds. Also, an octopus’s efficiency level could affect the amount of time it takes to build the city,” says sophomore Daniel Kisler.

Biologists believe that Octlantis was created from accumulated materials such as shells, rocks, and coral reef substances. From their studies, biologists have come to the conclusion that building this city would have only taken the octopi about 1-2 months, depending on natural occurrences that may have taken place in the ocean.

“Since these animals are mollusks, it is not uncommon that they would be able to intelligently perform acts because they have strong eyesight receptors and nervous systems,” says science teacher Sharon Worthen.

Marine biologists thought it was unusual that these animals could build this type of structure, but they were more surprised about the interactions going on within Octlantis.

“The octopi involved in building the city would probably have to be interactive and social because they’re the ones coordinating the construction of the city and the way it functions,” says Jensen.

While some say that these octopi are social and interactive, others say the opposite.

“I think that these creatures would likely be the antisocial group of octopi due to their territorial behaviors. Also, octopi have a tendency to individualize themselves and progress through the ocean alone,” says Kisler.

Common Sydney Octopi happen to be a very introverted species, not liking any sort of social or physical interaction. Marine biologists find it interesting that this species of octopi are socially communicating and interacting with one another in such a complex and friendly way that contrasts their normal introverted tendencies. Marine biologists were mystified to see that these octopi, who usually do not collaborate with each other, were found building such a stable and creative structure. It is a mystery to students and researchers alike.

“An octopus is one of those sea creatures that you can never quite predict anything about because they are always changing and developing new ways to be mysterious,” says Brown.

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