They say that the octopus is the genius of the sea. Scientists have routinely tested them to have intelligence above anything else around them. They can problem solve puzzles and boxes in order to get food. Hell, they even predict soccer championships these days.
The main oddity: they have eight arms, which is kind of weird. Our equivalent is to imagine Neil deGrasse Tyson with over half-a-dozen tentacles writhing around him at every television interview. Imagine that and you have your answer.