Octopuses are using human garbage as shelter, camouflage and more – CBC article

Octopuses are using human garbage as shelter, camouflage and more, study finds – submitted by Kris Lee

A new study suggests it’s becoming increasingly common for octopuses to use bottles, cans and other human trash to shelter themselves, camouflage their dens and even house their young.

“We believe this is because of the high abundance of these artificial items — you know, the litter item — in the ocean,” senior author Maira Proietti, an oceanographer from the Federal University of Rio Grande in Brazil, told As It Happens guest host Gillian Findlay.

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