That’s some food for thought, but let’s see if humans take the bait
While we are impressed by cuttlefish’s delay of gratification, human beings face their own test of self-control
A cuttlefish has passed a cognitive test usually performed by human children, and now eating calamari is basically like deep-frying a toddler.
The person to blame for this very alarming information is a certain Dr Alexandra Schnell, whose team at Cambridge University subjected cuttlefish to a variation on the famous Marshmallow Test, which measures the subject’s ability to resist instant gratification in order to gain a greater reward than the one on offer.
According to a paper published this week, the cuttlefish were able to resist a less appetising snack (dead king prawns) and hold out for much tastier live grass shrimp for between 50 and 130 seconds, a feat of strategic self-control rivalling those of “large-brained vertebrates such as chimpanzees, crows and parrots” and surpassing by quite some distance my ability to resist a Prego steak roll from Chippies in Cape Town. ..