“I’ve always had a fondness for octopuses. Even though squid and cuttlefish have some really remarkable abilities, octopuses really have it all.”
So says Rafe Sagarin, author of the book Learning from the Octopus: How secrets from nature can help us fight terrorist attacks, natural disasters and disease.
Sagarin argues that we have a lot to learn from octopuses that would help us better respond to all sorts of threats. There is no question that octopuses are awesome. Their camouflage skills will blow your mind. They can move their eight arms in all different directions. And though they don’t have bones, they are able to move their arms to create quasi-joints, allowing them to use their arms much like we do with three jointed segments (a shoulder, elbow and wrist). Plus, they are smart — they can figure out mazes, open things by using tools and escape from tanks.
Like Sagarin, I’ve always had a fondness for octopuses too. Hence, my octopus-inspired suction cup manicure. I’m not completely sold on this manicure, many people have thought I have polka dots on my nails, which is irritating to no end.