In an octopus’s garden in the shade: Underwater image analysis of litter use by octopuses

Date: March 17, 2022

Source: Huffington Post

Author: Hilary Hanson

New research in Marine Pollution Bulletin has uncovered the interactions of octopuses with marine litter.

“The deep-sea records were extremely interesting, because even at great depths these animals are interacting with the litter,” Maira Proietti at the Federal University of Rio Grande in Brazil, who supervised the research.

The primary way octopuses appeared to use litter was for shelter, like hiding inside a bottle. Glass containers were what they most frequently used, followed by plastic and then metal ones.

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