Did your food have a face… and a tool?

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it - Henry David Thoreau

According to the Associated Press, Australian scientists have discovered a species of octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter – a sophisticated type of behavior that scientists long ago thought unique to human beings.

From the Associated Press article: “The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot.”

Octopuses are intelligent, invertebrate, sentient beings who seem to make plans for the future to protect themselves from harm. If we can live healthfully without harming (eating) octopus and other animals – from the sea or otherwise – shouldn’t we do so?

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