Video Captures Genius Octopus Who Learned New Hobby 'Faster Than Humans'
Meet the brilliant octopus who learned her new hobby in no time at all.
"When we first tried to get her to take a photo, it only took three attempts for her to understand the process," trainer Mark Vette told tech site Cult of Mac. "That's faster than a dog. Actually it's faster than a human in some instances."
Rambo the octopus was trained - or rather, taught herself - to take photos using a Sony camera. When she sees the camera submerged, she climbs onto the rigging supporting it and inserts a tentacle into a tube to press the button.
It's no secret that octopuses are some of the smartest animals out there. They can unscrew jars and even childproof bottles, they love puzzles and games, they can recognize people - and take a liking to them - and are noted escape artists. Now we can add photography to that list.
Of course, we always like to see animals in their natural environment - but this little octopus's feat is worthy of notice wherever she lives. Cult of Mac reports that New Zealand's Sea Life Aquarium keeps Rambo on a light schedule and that the money raised from the photos goes right into the aquarium's conservation programs.
And this talented octographer certainly looks like she's having fun; according to a behind-the-scenes video, Rambo particularly enjoyed destroying the cameras before staffers developed an octopus-proof rigging model.
Watch the full video below: