Friday, April 16th, 2010

Octopus Steals Camera, Swims Away, Directs First Film

Photographer Victor Huang was diving off Wellington, New Zealand recently when an octopus snatched his video camera and swam off with it while it was filming. Huang gave chase, and got the camera back after a few minutes, lucky for all of us. The octopus has a nice eye for close-up action sequences and effectively establishes a dramatic tone through the use of the natural lighting available in a bed of kelp. "He swam away very quickly like a naughty shoplifter," Huang said: "I honestly believe that it saw the bright blue digital camera and went, ‘Oh I need that,' you know?"

I mean, come on, how cool is that?We really, really do.

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Art Yucko (#1,321)

We were so, so very close to discovering the secretive world of amateur Octopus porn. Alas… better luck, next tourist.

zidaane (#373)

My shiny penis keeps me out of the ocean.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Why? The octopus' arms are soft, strong, and suctiony.

But watch out for that beak/tooth.

Needs a TENTACLE PORN tag.

City_Dater (#2,500)

Octopus with video camera = dog with a sock.

garge (#736)

Meh, octopus, very Video 1

HiredGoons (#603)

Pffft, he's not even union.

Ananke (#3,223)

That's not fair for those of us with desk jobs.

This is like in college when some used to take film(!) cameras into the bathroom, take some down the pants shots, and return the camera. Then two weeks later when the film was developed: surpise!

Dave Bry (#422)

Oh, right. Like if Mr. Huang had developed the film two weeks later and seen the part where the octopus had used his toothbrush to clean off his tentacles.

mike d (#61)

I really like this video. Thanks, Mister Bry.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Still better than Avatar

BeRightBack (#59)

It's even more humbling when you realize that the octopus probably knows the proper usage of "it's" versus "its," too.

riggssm (#760)

This comment is mostly just for the mods if they read, but I'm supremely amused that, for the second time in some 36 hours, Gawker picked up on a lead I'd read earlier on The Awl.

Good job, everyone!

bronwyn (#3,351)

I think the best thing about this story is that the dude was on the radio saying "Yeah, I was actually late for work by the time I'd got the camera back, but luckily I had the footage to show my boss so I could see I wasn't making it up".

Yep, next time I'm late for anything I'm just going to use the old octopus-stole-my-camera excuse.

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