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Octopuses punching fish, out of spite


Eldorado
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Punching out of spite = Antisocial Active Displacement

 

Love it!

 

 

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From link:   An eight armed bully  :lol:

While we can't yet know for sure why octopuses are randomly punching fish like this, at least one of the theoretical explanations given suggests octopuses may have some serious attitude.

 

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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

I like the idea of an octopus being the equivalent of the old man on the porch waiving a stick at people. 

 

Get off my lawn!!!!

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17 hours ago, Eldorado said:

In new proof that 2020 has been a crappy year basically everywhere, scientists have captured video evidence of octopuses randomly punching at fish, possibly for no reason other than being spiteful.

While this remarkable, rather nasty-sounding behaviour might seem like it comes from a place of direct conflict between different animal species, that's not the whole story, researchers say.

In fact, this antisocial fish-punching phenomenon – which scientists term "active displacement" of fish – occurs in the midst of collaborative hunting efforts, in which octopuses and fish team up to chase and trap prey together.

Full monty at Science Alert: Link

 

Social distancing in action... 

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