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New Video of Kashmir 'walking'

tonmo

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In light of the recent passing of joefish84's bimac Kashmir, I've finally gotten around to compressing and posting an amazing video he provided of Kashmir showing the "walking" behavior which made a splash in the news earlier this year. To our knowledge this is the first video clip of a bimac "walking".



Video Gallery -- it's the entry marked 12/28/05.

RIP Kashmir -- thanks to joefish84 for the great video and pictures, and for taking such good care of his octo.
 
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Wow! That was a serious pounce! joefish, did kash always walk away when carrying prey, or did you just get lucky and catch him in the act this one time? Fantastic footage. The walking seemed like it took no effort and came very naturally to the creature. Kash will be greatly missed.

Cheers!
 

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Nice video of Kashmir hunting- the swimming pounce is fantastic and shows how well they can move quickly while keeping an eye on they prey. Once he catches the crab he crawls backward using a form of crawling that's similar to (but still distinct from) the bipedal walking reported last spring. In the video we can see that he's using arm pairs three and four. The arms on the left side are visible, and you can see the ends of the corresponding arms on the right side rolling back, also involved in the gait. The bipedal octopuses used arm pair four- but we did find one little octo that tried using a third arm in a similar way (he was missing both arms in pair four). As shown in your video, these arm pairs can work together to crawl-- yet another example of how diverse octopus locomotion can be!
 

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joefish84 said:
i didnt know that mine was the only bimac recorded doing this. he did this all the time.
:smile: I was referencing what you said in email when you sent it --
thought it would be a neat video to post since ive only seen one other video of this and it was of a mimic walking like sea weed
I hadn't seen a bimac do it either, so here we are!
 
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I thought the video was pretty cool, but brief. At first it looks like the ordinary movement of an octopus with it's prey. In Ultimate Guide Octopus it stated that Octo's sometimes use their arms as legs to bump along the sea floor. I guess this is the first time a Bimac had done it? It doesn't look like the bi-pedal locomotion done in the news.
 

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