While Savard was being helped by a team of neuroscience students to place the camera in the tank, the octopus quickly grabbed the Go Pro and started to take pictures of the researchers.
The smart creature is a California two-spot octopus species and researchers say that it really took them by surprise with its intelligent behavior. Of course, after accidentally taking the pictures, the animal started to bite the camera.
The incident went viral after Savard posted the amusing pictures on Reddit. The octopus belongs to the species known as Octopus bimaculoides, and according to the biologists, these are intelligent, sociable and relatively strong creatures. But it seems that the many-armed creature likes to be behind the camera, not in front of it.
The researchers from Middlebury College were studying whether this particular species of octopus can use its tentacles to open a box of food after seeing other octopi doing it.
Savard was installing the camera hoping to capture the behavior of the animal and use it as proof in his research.
But it seemed like the octopus had something else in mind. It quickly grabbed the camera with one of its tentacles and turned it on Savard and snapped a few photos of him while doing it.
Savard posted the photos and a GIF of the whole incident on Reddit.
Researchers have been trying to see if the octopus has the capacity of opening boxes of food more rapidly after seeing other octopuses do it previously.
This particular species is called Octopus bimaculoides and is also known as the California two-spot octopus.
According to the experts, these creatures are quite intelligent and have been known to exhibit friendly behaviors.
“I was just trying to brainstorm different ideas of how to show off the kind of unique research that’s going on here and in ways that would be engaging.”
He adds that the octopus had a great timing, and Savard happened to be in the right place at the right time.
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