While people are generally familiar with how genius octopuses are, there’s always more to learn about the alien creatures’ IQs. In a new clip BBC Earth recently posted to YouTube, we get a glimpse of a marine biologist testing to see whether or not he can teach his pet octopus to ring an alarm and summon her owner—essentially teaching the octopus to turn on a light. Spoiler alert: She effortlessly mastered the task. So much so, in fact, we’re slightly suspicious as to whose idea this experiment really was in the first place.
In the clip above from the 2019 BBC series
As Scheel shows in the clip, Heidi had no issue learning how to use his updated lever. Now placed
Of course, Scheel shows how he used pieces of shrimp as a reward for sounding the alarm. Which means Heidi was at least able to associate pulling the rope and seeing a light with incoming food. Although that’s just us speculating. We can only imagine how dark and twisted the minds of these Lovecraftian deep-sea intelligences really are.
Unfortunately, Scheel explains in the clip that he ultimately had to end the experiment soon after its initial successful run. Apparently Heidi began to ring the alarm at all hours of the night and Scheel wasn’t having it. Although who knows what Heidi was thinking. Maybe she intentionally ended the experiment because she was sick of shrimp.