Ben Savard was photographing an octopus at Middlebury College in Vermont on Monday when the animal suddenly grabbed the camera and snapped some photos of its own.
Savard, a digital media producer, wanted to capture some photos of the octopuses the school’s neuroscience students have been studying.
“I put a GoPro in a waterproof casing, set it to take a rapid number of photos per second and, with the help of the neuroscience student behind me in the photos, placed the camera in the octopus tank,” he told MNN. “We did this a few times with different octopuses and one of the more cheeky cephalopods grabbed the camera and turned it around on me for a quick couple of pictures.”
The cephalopod in question is Octopus bimaculoides, the California two-spot octopus, renowned for its friendly temperament:
Middlebury neuroscience students have been observing to see if the species can open boxes of food more quickly after seeing other octopuses do it.
I’m guessing they’re probably fast learners.