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Coconut-carrying octopus caught on camera

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An octopus and its coconut-carrying antics have surprised scientists.

Underwater footage reveals that the creatures scoop up halved coconut shells before scampering away with them so they can later use them as shelters.

Writing in the journal Current Biology, the team says it is the first example of tool use in octopuses.

Footage courtesy of Museum Victoria/Current Biology

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