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These strange, alien creatures have hidden in the depths of the abyss for eons. Meaning “head feet” in Greek, Cephalopods have little in common physically with humans or any other familiar animals.
They have blue blood, several hearts and brains and multiple limbs. They don’t have bones, teeth or claws and they can even disappear when they need to… Yet some of the members of the cephalopod family, including octopus, squids and cuttlefish, are extremely intelligent and have managed to survive for millions of years despite being surrounded by enemies. And unlike other marine animals, the number of cephalopods continues to grow taking advantage of available niches in the ocean ecosystem…
To see their strength up close, we will send divers in protective suits to the hunting grounds of the most aggressive of their kind: ruthless giants that stop at nothing for survival – even cannibalism.
Lithe yet lethal, elegant yet ruthless, let’s meet these enigmatic ocean assassins. Let’s discover one of the last secrets on earth: the soft power of cephalopods.
Episode 1 : Unknown Intelligence
Like primates amongst mammals, cephalopods are the brains of the Mollusk family. But just how clever are they compared to birds, mammals, apes or even humans? In the future, when we have destroyed all “higher” life on land and sea, could they survive a mass extinction? Could they even evolve to become the next dominant animal group on earth, due to their strength, adaptability and mental efficiency?
Episode 2 : Shining Killers
While the first episode focuses on the anatomy and the mental skills of the cephalopods, this episode looks at their role as effective “killing machines”.
Despite their appearance, there’s nothing soft about these guys. They use a huge range of techniques to catch their victims – and are prepared to tackle much bigger and seemingly better armed prey. Almost every cephalopod has a special “dirty” trick to compensate for their lack of size and defenses.
They are masters of disguise, illusion, fast attack, body-control, avoidance, targeted bites and – when necessary – retreat. When some cephalopods hunt they assume an eerie glow – to lure, deflect or dazzle their prey?