Cuttlefish can count! by Tighearnan

Cuttlefish are surprisingly intelligent and can actually count shrimp to make decisions. Cuttlefish can also count better than the average 1-year-old human!

They also will take the time to count the shrimp in two different large groups before deciding which one to go for. Also, if they have the choice of going after one live shrimp or two dead ones, it will eat the live one.

If a cuttlefish is given the choice of 1 large shrimp or two smaller ones, it will choose the two smaller ones if it isn’t hungry. Otherwise, it will choose the larger one.

The scientists who tested this(at the National Tsing Hua University in eastern Asia) were very surprised by this.

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