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After studying many birds, reptiles, and mammals, naturalist Sy Montgomery decided to study something very different from humans. For several years she made the acquaintance of several octopuses, an animal species that could not be more different from human. They live in the sea, they have no bones, and they breathe water. They can change color and shape and squeeze their body through little openings. They taste with their skin and squirt ink and inject venom, and untie surgical silk with their suckers, yet they have some of the same cognitive and emotional capacities that we do and maybe a whole bunch we don’t. She was most surprised to find that they have personalities and even consciousness. Octopuses are highly intelligent, show their cleverness in myriad ways, and love to play. She describes befriending several of them over a number of years and shares how they can make remarkable connections with individual people. This is a most fascinating dialogue about the meeting of two very different minds, human and octopus. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary scriptwriter and author of many books, which often include stories of her encounters with animals. During research for her books, films, and articles, Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silver back gorilla in Zaire and bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica, worked in a pit of 18,000 snakes in Manitoba, and handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University System of New Hampshire.
Her many books have garnered numerous awards, and include:
To learn more about the work of Sy Montgomery go to www.symontgomery.com.
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 1/12/2018 Program Number: 3631
From Album: FingerdanceArtist: Billy McLaughlin1996 Narada #ND-61058
Opening Essay: Track 01 FingerdanceMusic Break 1: Track 02 Hurricane BobMusic Break 2: Track 03 Helm’s PlaceMusic Break 3: Track 06, While She Sleeps
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