This octopus learned to use a camera faster than some humans

 

Doug Bolton
Friday 17 April 2015 14:51
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An octopus on display on April 24, 2013 at the State Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe, Germany
An octopus on display on April 24, 2013 at the State Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe, Germany

A brainy octopus at a New Zealand aquarium has learned how to take photos - using a waterproof camera specially designed to be operated with tentacles.

Rambo the octopus, a popular attraction at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, stunned her trainers with how quickly she got to grips with the camera.

Speaking to Cult of Mac, Mark Vette, Rambo's trainer, said: "When we first tried to get her to take a photo, it only took three attempts for her to understand the process. That's faster than a dog."

He added: "Actually, it's faster than a human in some instances."

Using a plastic-encased camera that's fixed in place in an aquarium doesn't make for the best pictures in the world, but at least Rambo's cheaper than your average professional photographer - charging NZ$2 per shot (that's around £1).

Rambo, however, is not the first octopus to make headlines for its intelligence. Paul the Octopus, after correctly predicting the results of all of Germany's 2010 football World Cup matches from his home in Oberhausen, gained international fame for his presience.

Unfortunately, Paul died at the end of 2010, so if you're looking for any future betting tips then you'll have to find another psychic mollusc.

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