Octopuses Get Strangely Cuddly On The Mood Drug Ecstasy

Friend or foe? A California  two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculoides) gives observers the eye at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.

The drug makes the usually antisocial creatures much more interested in friendly contact with other octopuses. It’s one more sign that the chemistry of social behavior has deep evolutionary roots.

(Image credit: Tom Kleindinst/Marine Biological Laboratory)

Source: NPR