An Ocean of Intelligence

Words by Haley R. Pope
Photo by Bettmann Archive | Getty Images
The coconut octopus, found in Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, secretes itself inside a shell for shelter and as camouflage from predators. <br /> Photo by Stocktrek Images | National Geographic Image Collection
If we admit we were wrong in assuming other animals are not conscious, sentient beings and we’re now armed with knowledge about their complex internal lives, how should our thoughts and actions change when it comes to interacting and managing marine animals? Might they be entitled to greater moral consideration and treatment?