Monday, 29 August 2016

Cuttlefish Can Count: Amazingly Intelligent Creatures Defy Darwinian Expectations

The common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis). Image courtesy of Hans Hillewaert, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Joel Kontinen

Cuttlefish are cunning creatures. They can stop breathing to evade predators, and they are the true champions of stealth technology, matching the shape and colours of their environment.

A recent paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggests that cuttlefish know how to count – or at least they can distinguish which pile of shrimp is somewhat bigger than the other. They almost always tended to choose the one with more of their favourite meal.

They liked their food fresh. Given the choice between living and dead shrimp, they always chose the living one, preferring one living shrimp to two dead ones.

Some other animals also know maths. Ants and Asian elephants can solve rudimentary problems that require counting.

What is interesting is that at least one plant, the Venus flytrap, also knows how to count.

For Darwinists, animal intelligence is an enormous dilemma, and plant intelligence even more so.

But in a created world we would expect animals and plants to show evidence of intelligence.


Lawrence, Joanna. 2016. Cuttlefish Have Number Sense and Adaptability in Making Decisions. Natural Science News (25 August).