A robotic spy octopus by John Downer Productions provided cover for a real coconut octopus who was looking for shelter to hide from predators in a heartwarming clip from the David Tennant-narrated BBC/PBS series Spy in the Wild.
To avoid predators a coconut octopus needs to think quick but with 9 brains that should be easy…and Spy Octopus is at hand to lend a helping tentacle.
The spy cephalopod noticed that the octopus found a hiding place inside a piece of drift bamboo. It provided some protection but not enough to ward off the determined predators. The spy approached with a domed coconut shell that could cover the opening. The octopus appeared to think it through and then carefully accepted the shell.
Like a seasoned thief, he tries to avoid raising suspicion. Being aware of what others could be thinking is a sign of deep intelligence, A perfect fit And just in time!
After the danger was gone, the octopus reached out to the spy in appreciation with a tentacled hug.
As a sign of acceptance he shows his true feelings. This is how he treats his friends.