First-ever picture of a man, taken by an octopus?

While I personally find the octopus to be cute, I recognize that not everyone will feel the same way.

This is a really fun video that starts off with the octopus stealing the diver’s camera, only to later give it up and latch onto his spear gun.

While diving, an octopus was intrigued by a camera so he wrapped himself around it with all of his tentacles and overpowered the diver.  The octopus then left, with the camera held tightly to his mouth.

The camera continued to play but the images were less than pleasing to the eye.

Strange image, as octopus grabs hold of the camera while it records.

Strange image, as octopus grabs hold of the camera while it records.

After chasing the octopus for a few minutes, the diver was able to locate it again and grab hold of his camera.  Here’s a shot of the diver taken from the camera being held by the octopus.  This may be the first ever image of a diver snapped by an octopus before. (But who owns rights to the picture?)

Image of the diver snapped by the camera-holding octopus.

Image of the diver snapped by the camera-holding octopus.

He had a bit of a struggle, but the octopus eventually traded the camera for a comfy position on the diver’s speargun.

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The diver tried shaking the speargun to encourage the octopus to go away, but the octopus was having none of it, and seemed to be enjoying the movement.

The diver appreciates the interest of the octopus so they go for a tour of the local area, together, the diver carrying the octopus around by the speargun.

Octopus with a front row seat as he goes for a ride.

Octopus with a front row seat as he goes for a ride.

The action (giving up the camera and changing to the speargun) happens around 1:30. Nicely done underwater video.


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  • http://heimaey.us/ jim morrissey

    There was a nature special about the earth that said long after humans are gone Cephalopodae may be the next species to rise to prominence and showed them evolving into land animals and behavign similar to monkeys. You never know – maybe this is the start!

  • Jim

    Really beautiful octopus.
    What a great, strange and thought provoking video.

  • keirmeister

    At first I was like, “Where did the octopus take the man? And how did they take a picture of it happening?”

  • Drew2u

    Kind of like the macaques (I think) that stole a wildlife photographer’s camera?

    Sure it’s cute, until you meet its cousin the http://thingsboganslike.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/vampire-squid.jpg

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