27 April 2010

grand theft octo

A San Franciscan now living in New Zealand was had his video camera stolen by an octopus whilst diving. See YouTube clip by Victor Huang
April 15, 2010while trying to get video of a wild octopus, it suddenly dashed towards me and rips my shiny new camera from out of my hands, then swims off, all while the camera is recording! he swam away very quickly like a naughty shoplifter. after a 5 minute chase, I placed my speargun underneath him and he quickly and curiously grabbed hold of the gun as well, giving me enough time to reach in and grab the camera from out of his mouth. I didn't feel threatened at all during the whole ordeal. he seemed to be fixated on the shiny metallic blue digital camera. the only confusing behavior was how he dashed off with it like a thief haha. cheeky octopus.
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The octopus is lucky it doesn't live in the coastal waters of Greece. It would have ended up as dinner.

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