Octopus turns the lens on the photographer

The camera took these shots as the camera tumbled around in the tentacles of the Octopus
The camera took these shots as it tumbled around in the tentacles of the Octopus

The Octopus never fails to amaze me. When it’s not predicting sportsing results, providing light for a steampunk lamp or squeezing through an impossible hole, it is stealing cameras and photographing the camera man.

The camera owner is Ben Savard, a film maker from Middlebury College in Vermont, and after he posted the series of pictures from the time-lapse video online, they went viral on social media platform Reddit.

Speaking to ABC7 Chicago, he said: “I tried to get some photos of an octopus, but it grabbed the camera and got some of me instead!”

He went on to say: “I set up a GoPro to take a bunch of still images every second, put it in the tank, and what you see is the result! The octopus picked up the camera, played with it for a while, turned it back at me for a quick second, and left it alone.”

Watching the video, it’s hard to say whether the Octopus was learning to use the camera or simply curious about it and was moving it around. Whatever it is, it goes to show what highly intelligent and surprising creatures they are.

You can see the time-lapse video here: Time-Lapse of Octopus using a camera

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