animals with Charisma? We should be careful not to humanize animals, but it’s true: There are also in the animal world, charismatics. My chickens don’t belong, I have to admit, for all the love. This is due to the fact that you have no facial Expressions.

in Most cases, there are mammals that tickle our emotions. Fish, birds, or reptiles already less. Hardly empathy to solve invertebrates – despite all the fascination they exert. Or do you know someone who maintains an intimate relationship to a worm, a spider and more confided in than his friends, or a therapeutic Swim with jellyfish?

Play with the squid

Kraken is but one exception among the invertebrates:. Octopuses have personality, at least it seems so. A friend played while snorkeling in the Mediterranean sea a half-hour long with a small octopus. And he is sure that it has perceived to be animal compared To as a game. How come? Octopus – octopus-called – in addition to cuttlefish and squids to fish for the ink. You know that you have an enormously complex organism and that they have an impressive intelligence.

Here are some amazing facts: octopuses have a highly developed nervous system. The Ordinary octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is anything but ordinary: It has about 500 million neurons. In comparison, the Lobsters have 10’000, mice about 80 million.

The octopus hats, in the arms of

However, while in vertebrates the nerve cells are usually found in the brain, stuck in a Kraken, two-thirds of them in the arms. Each Arm has its own control center, which makes its own decisions. The proverb of the left Hand not know what he’s doing right, meets the Kraken completely – he only has eight of them. From the mazes of the octopus finds faster than most mammals. Also, he is able, in a matter of seconds to change its color.

Why has the Evolution of octopuses, such Wunderwuzzis? Probably because they would otherwise have had no Chance. Octopuses have an enormous number of predators. The hard life on the sea has made you what you are today. It is sometimes really hard not to draw Parallels between human and animal.

Simon Jäggi (39) is a boy singer of the rock band the sorrow, works at the natural history Museum of Bern and keeps chickens.