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“I Feel You”: Octopuses Punch Fish That They Do Not Like

A study that was published recently suggests that octopuses punch the fish that they do not like.

It looks like octopuses are just like us.

The paper that we are talking about was published in the journal Ecology and it found that octopuses punch fish.

They this because they just want to to.

“OCTOPUSES. PUNCH. FISHES!!” study co-author Eduardo Sampaio shared the news about the research publication on Twitter.

Talking about his paper, Eduardo said:

This was probably the most fun I had writing a paper. Ever!

Some people might not know this, but octopuses and fish are known to hunt together.

Despite that, octopuses do not like all the fish that they meet, just like humans, we do not like every single person that we meet.

An octopus punch looks like a explosion with one arm directed at a specific fish partner.

The authors in the study said:

[Actively] punching a fish partner entails a small energetic cost for the actor (i.e. octopus).

The best thing about this study is that the researchers also recorded 8 octopus and fish fights from 2018 to 2019.

The fights were recorded in the Red Sea.

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