Researchers Have An Octopus Investigate An Acoustic Guitar Under Water

The octopus is actually a pretty intelligent animal. There has been a fair amount of research done on the elusive sea creatures which have proven that they’re pretty good at figuring things out. And one particular octopus has shown it has somewhat of a musical side.

The very intelligent octopus lived at Octolab, a research facility which places a focus learning more about these very interesting cephalopod. They want to get to know the creatures better, particularly how they react in different scenarios.

The different cephalopods that they care for have been rehabilitated as well, seeing as many of them have come to the facility as rescues – many being saved from the nets of fishermen. Were it not for Octolab, they’d probably suffer pretty gruesome fates.

Photo: YouTube / Octolab TV

But there was a video from the lab that has really gotten people intrigued. One particular octopus was given an acoustic guitar in its tank as the researchers wanted to see what it would do. As it turned out, the octopus took to the guitar pretty quickly. The octopus immediately set out to examine the guitar. It started out by curving its body to the instrument.

He even used his tentacles to play around with the tuning pegs. But then it tried to climb into the soundhole of the guitar. This is where the octopus met resistance as the strings were in the way. Unfortunately, there was no strumming of the strings from this shy performer. It didn’t try to actually play the guitar at all.

Photo: YouTube / Octolab TV

The lab then posted about the octopus’s time with the guitar, noting in the description that they wanted to see how it would react to the musical instrument. The researchers were testing out different musical instruments on the octopi since they said that most musical instruments are weirdly shaped and made out of materials not typically found in the ocean. It was something that they wanted to see how the cephalopods would react.

The researchers did admit that they were hoping for a jam session on the guitar, but there was no such luck. For as smart as the octopus was, it didn’t seem to understand the concept of playing music on the guitar – which is too bad as we would’ve loved to see an octopus jam out on the guitar.

Photo: YouTube / Octolab TV

Settling peoples’ minds, they noted in their post that they never place their animals in harm’s way. They have always held a dedication to the well-being of the octopi that come into their care.

They wrote, “All of the eight-armed friends who are part of the Octolab project were rescued from the catch of fishermen. Their fate would have been gruesome otherwise. Quite literally they would have been smashed on the rocks while still alive to ‘tenderize’ them and then hung to dry in the sun before being sold to local seafood restaurants and markets.”

Photo: YouTube / Octolab TV

These octopi are definitely lucky they came into the care of Octolab.

Watch the video of the octopus playing around with its guitar in the clip below:

Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.

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