Ben Savard, Digital Media Producer at Middlebury College, mug shot taken by an octopus. Photo provided by Ben Savard/Middlebury College.
Octopuses are the most highly intelligent order of invertebrates, or spineless animals – which make up 95% of the animal kingdom. They use tools and display short and long-term memory in their behavior. In a bizarre twist, and literal turn of the camera, a filmmaker at Middlebury College learned firsthand an octopus’ proclivity for observational learning.