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Earth’s future civilisation may rest in their hands

Posted by ghostpipe73 on February 14, 2008

My interest with giant squids actually started after I watched a Discovery Channel documentary some time ago about how, in the next cycle of life on Earth (should there be another cycle), the evolution of the squid is predicted to occur such that they will be the most intelligent of all the surviving species on Earth at that time.  Scientists from around the globe have in fact tested the intelligence level of cuttlefish, squids and octopuses (family of cephalopods class of mollusk) with some promising but nevertheless highly disputed results.

The photo shown here was taken by the crew of Tsunemi Kubodera, a scientist with Japan’s National Science Museum, who caught the 24-foot (7-meter) animal in September 2005 near the island of Chichijima, some 600 miles (960 kilometers) southeast of Tokyo.

Giant squid captured 600 miles off the coast of Tokyo, Japan

If there is truth in the documentary about cephalopods ruling Earth in the next cycle, then I would tell these delicate yet deadly sea creatures to take heed and learn from the mistakes made by man, who despite being the most intelligent creatures in the current cycle of life, has managed to unceremoniously ravaged nature from almost all of its resources in pursuit of development.  I do hope they will make much, much smarter stewards of the planet.  I think they might, since they survived our development malice.


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