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Scientists have recently analyzed a full octopus genome and found that their DNA is unlike anything else on Earth. With lots of genes packed densely together and genes that would normally group together being spread out through the genome, they have said that the octopus is basically an alien. Of course, anyone who's seen a sci-fi movie could have told you that just by looking them.

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Via: SciFri
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This deep sea octopus is being studied at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. It is part of the genus Opisthoteuthis but the specific name is up to Stephanie Bush, the scientist working on describing this particular species. 

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When the Sea Life Awauarium in New Zealand decided to teach an octopus called Rambo how to take pictures, it only took her three attempts to figure it out. 

“When we first tried to get her to take a photo, it only took three attempts for her to understand the process,” said one of the trainiers. “That’s faster than a dog. Actually it’s faster than a human in some instances.”

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