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It's been awhile since I did a good "MD as wannabe marine biologist" post.

First off: We already knew octopuses are smart. They have huge brains in relation to their bodies, and they can learn. They're known for escaping tanks at aquariums, and they can unscrew jars. But now it has been documented that they are the only invertebrates known to use tools. The video is really adorable. The octopus basically picks up the coconut shell with its crotch and walks around with it.

Secondly, the IUCN released a list of 10 animals that would be most impacted by climate change. Three of the 10 happen to be animals I encountered in the wild in Australia (staghorn coral, clownfish, and koala). Another happens to be the beluga whale.

Speaking of beluga whales, but on a more positive note: Chicago's Shedd Aquarium (one of the best I've visited) had another beluga successfully born yesterday morning. You can see the video of the birth here. It's apparently rare for a beluga to give birth head-first, but everything went swimmingly, and the baby is cute as can be.

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