A very intelligent octopus got tired of being the subject of researchers and gave them a piece of their own medicine. The marine creature snapped the camera that was meant to record its behavior and started taking pictures of the researchers.
Ben Savard, digital media producer, was minding his own business, trying to set up the camera for a scientific video involving octopuses.
The experiment was inside the neuroscience department at the Middlebury College in Vermont.
Savard asked if he could film the octopuses inside their tank and was trying to set up a Go Pro camera inside a waterproof case to take rapid photos of the cephalopods.
He placed the camera inside the tank where the octopus lived and managed to take a couple of photos helped by a neuroscience student.
At one point, one of the octopuses snapped the camera and accidentally took several photos of the researchers.
Savard said that he managed to take photos of different octopuses, when all of a sudden, a more “cheeky” octopus grabbed the Go Pro camera and played the photographer for a few moments.
Savard said that the creature took some good photos of him, which he posted on the social media site Reddit. The post and Savard’s photos taken by the smart octopus have gone viral across the internet.
Savard wrote in a post that he was trying to capture a few photos of the animal, but the octopus took the camera from him and turned it against him.
Although some users accused him of faking the pictures, Savarad made a GIF in which he detailed the whole incident.
Savard explained that he was trying to install the Go Pro so that researchers could study whether octopuses can learn to open boxes after witnessing other octopuses doing it.
Although the animal was smart enough to grab the camera and shoot some photos, it did not know that the device was not exactly edible and tried to eat it.
Savard said that the whole incident happened because the octopus had a great timing. It happened to be in the right place at the right time.
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