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Backbone or no backbone, there’s no denying that in this scenario the cephalopod is clearly the superior evolved higher creature. The octopus starring in the video came up on a baited jar set down by marine scientists who were filming the abundance of fish who came up to investigate the smell of the bait. Several fish came up to check it out, attracted by the flavor set off in the water but only one animal has the skills to pay the bills, the octopus. Firmly “anchored” to an anchor, the marine scientists believed their lure would be safe from all manner of marinelife but not even three zip ties are enough for the spineless hero.
Not content to shoo away the shark, the octopus keeps a constant firm grip on its chondrichthyes competitor while it makes short work on the three flimsy zip ties that the researchers thought would secure the lure. As far as we can tell this octopus is thinking way ahead in this battle for the goods because if it let go of the shark it may have to handle the shark coming at it from a different direction a few moments later. And if you needed any further proof of who is the top predator between the shark and the octopus, let’s not forget this original encounter. [iO9]