Why Don’t Octopuses Stick to Themselves? Their Powerful Suckers Have a Secret. (Video.) 

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May 22 2014 1:59 PM

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With their many sticky appendages, why don’t octopuses make a snarled mess of themselves?

Octopuses can latch on to just about any surface, and that’s made them attractive to robotic developers, who have use the squishy creatures as a basis for underwater innovation. But why don’t they ever stick to themselves?

Paca Thomas is a regular video contributor to Slate.

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