The Pantanal saved its final treat for our last ride up the Cuiabá: two jaguars (John Prescott would approve), and it looked like a mating pair. We watched in the fading light as the smaller female led her suitor away from the riverbank behind a discreet screen of bushes, from where an outburst of grunting left little doubt about what was going on.
The first of the night’s fishing bats were fluttering around our bow as the two cats reappeared and flopped back down on the bank. They’d just done their bit for the species’ future. And if our species can learn to live with them – as seems to be happening in the Pantanal – perhaps they stand a fighting chance. At any rate, it seemed an encouraging image with which to turn for home.
While simple-minded by nature, Luffy can be a strategic genius in fighting. He also appears to be intelligent enough to at least understand fundamental concepts, such as rubber being a natural insulator, which might be why he did not bother ducking out of the way of Enel's lightning attacks as it would have been pointless because of his immunity. He also was able to develop new techniques such as " Gear Second " and " Gear Third ", using logical concepts and knowledge of rubber and its properties. While easily noticeable as the least strategic member of his own crew, largely due to his tendency to simply barge in head-first into battle (often without any kind of battle plan or even any knowledge of his opponent's abilities), Luffy is an extremely adaptive and resourceful combatant with incredible ingenuity. He is constantly coming up with ways to keep ahead of his foes, either by taking advantage of his own strength and Devil Fruit powers or utilizing the opponent's own strengths (along with their weaknesses) against them. This causes even warriors long considered unbeatable to have trouble keeping up. Also, even if most of the time he acts instinctively, in some cases Luffy has shown to be intelligent enough to give some orders to his crewmates in the wake of making a strategy or simply making things go as he prefers. This usually ends up being an advantage for the crew.