Everyone who has spent any significant amount of time with a pet or animal knows that animals can show some serious emotion and have a very strong connect with humans. And one family learned that is even possible with an octopus.
Octopi are some of the most intelligent animals that reside in our planet’s oceans. They are more than capable of complex thought, and are often known to escape enclosures that are so secure that escape seems impossible.
Even to experts, these tentacled creatures show intelligence that is incredibly shocking for something that looks like a glorified blob with legs.
“They are probably the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien,” said Peter Godfrey-Smith in his piece “The Mind of an Octopus.”
And what one family experienced while on vacation, shows exactly how much these incredible creatures can understand.
“We spent our Holidays at the Red Sea,” said the caption in their YouTube video. “While walking along a lonely beach we saw a stranded octopus in the sand. We were not sure if he is already dead. So we pushed him back into the water.”
After watching the octopus for a couple minutes to make sure it was really okay, they left after they saw him recover and swim away.
The next day the family returned to the same beach for a nice family walk, and then they saw a shadow coming towards them in the water.
“It was our Octopus we rescued yesterday!” the caption continued. “He recognized us! He accompanied with us a long time while we walked along the beach, all the time tried to touch our feet.”
Clearly, this octopus had some thanking to do!
It seems obvious to a lot of us that humans aren’t the only creatures on earth with a significant amount of intelligence and emotion, but real-life evidence like what this family was able to experience is a good reminder about how much we can actually connect with the animals that share our wonderful planet.
Check out the incredible video of the encounters below.
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