The intellect of animals has been greatly underestimated by man. The more people explore the intelligence of animals, the more they discover that they are much more intelligent than we thought so far. The intelligence of animals is influenced not only by the size of the brain, but also by the nervous system and the number of neurons that are found throughout the body. No one will be surprised by a talking parrot, a dog looking for weapons and drugs, or a dressage animal in a zoo or circus. But what do we know about the intelligence of marine life?

Octopuses Build Rock Towns

Octopuses are a great example of intelligence that people can’t even imagine. Undoubtedly, cephalopods are intelligent, they can open glasses with tools, turn stones into a protective wall from their hideout, even build rock dwellings.

Here is a move how octopus vulgaris is able to overcome obstacles to get food:

It is fascinating that most of the neurons in the body are outside the brain, specifically in their tentacles.

Octopus vulgaris is one of the smartest invertebrates ever. According to scientists, they can learn faster than a dog. In order to avoid dangerous situations in nature, they mimic a variety of animals.

Manta Rays Choose Friends

A five-year study in Indonesia concluded that manta rays were making friendships. The study refuted the view that manta rays are solitary animals.

Marine biologist Rob Perryman of Macquarie University in Australia and his colleagues followed more than 500 groups of Mantas in Indonesian Marine Park Raja Ampat.

“They’re actively choosing to group with another ray they’re basically friends with, rather than coincidentally bumping into them,” Perryman explained to the ABC.

Beluga Handed Lost iPhone

Norwegian fishermen reported having spotted a whale that was supposed to be wearing a harness near Hammerfest. The locals set out to document the animal.

Beluga, allegedly escaped from captivity by the Russian government, brought an iPhone to Norwegian resident Ina Mansika, which she dropped into the water, Anon News reported.

“We laid down on the dock to look at it and hopefully get the chance to pat it. I had forgotten to close my jacket pocket and my phone fell in the ocean. We assumed it would be gone forever, until the whale dove back down and came back a few moments later with my phone in its mouth! Everyone was so surprised. We almost didn’t believe what we saw. I was super happy and thankful that I got my phone back,” Ina told The Dodo.

Fish as Smart as Primates

Several years of research on fish intelligence was conducted by a group of biologists from three Scottish universities. Fish had to solve problems that required a great deal of foresight, strategic thinking and mutual cooperation.

Biologists have noted very good fish memory, the ability to solve complex tasks using tools and collaboration in a group.

“The intelligence of some fish is in some ways comparable to some non-human primates,” one of the scientists commented on the results of the experiments.

Are We Able to Understand Them?

The groundbreaking scientific conference on Cambridge in 2012 acknowledged that the brain structure of mammals, birds, or even octopuses, allows consciousness to exist. If we accept this fact, it will be much harder for us to kill or use the animals for no reason. As Professor Charles Foster in Oxford says: “Although the animal world is different and we cannot understand it, they are our close relatives that we treat as psychopaths.”

However, it is virtually impossible to approach their thinking, as their intelligence has developed quite differently than ours. Their consciousness is in a form we cannot imagine. The animal world is so different from ours that we are unable to understand it.

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