Natures wonder: cuttle fish survival mechanism (Introduction)

by dhw, Thursday, December 03, 2015, 18:03 (1385 days ago) @ David Turell

dhw: There is no reason at all why hundreds of cuttlefish might not have died trying to “figure out” a means of protecting themselves. But Kevin and Kitty Cuttle were the geniuses who finally cracked the puzzle, and once it's cracked, everybody knows what to do. So there can be “figured out” AND “trial and error”, and so long as SOMEBODY figures it out, the species will survive.

DAVID: That is a big 'if'. How do the survivors, Kevin and Kitty, tell the others about their feat? Tell me about cuttlefish communication.

Well, you've got me there. Here is my confession: although it has always been my life's ambition to study cuttlefish, I've been so damn busy bringing up a family, teaching at university, writing books and plays, translating hundreds of texts, discussing profound subjects with clever people on the Agnostic website, and in the last two years learning to cater for myself, that I've never quite got round to it. However, I know from various articles posted by a dear friend of mine that animals, birds, reptiles, insects, plants and even bacteria have their own means of communication, which scientists have described in great detail. So I'm gonna go out on a limb here, and make a remarkably daring prediction: that one day scientists will find out that cuttlefish can also communicate.

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