Rambo the Octographer

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FINDING A FRIENDLY OCTOPUS ON YOUR PHOTO SHOOT DIVE IS A RARE JOY.  Sony Corporation and Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, turned the tables and trained Rambo the octopus to work a camera to shoot photos of aquarium visitors.

Of course, it’s a long-running performance art commercial for Sony’s TX30 camera, but it’s also a remarkable example of the intelligence, ingenuity and playfulness of octopuses – and a great video to watch:  Meet the World’s First Octopus Photographer. There’s also a second video about how it was done, Octographer: Behind the Seaweed.


After attaching the camera to the side of Rambo’s tank, they trained the clever cephalopod to reach in and press the camera’s red shutter button, shooting visitors who stand in front of a special backdrop. He mastered it quickly. Well, apparently he destroyed several cameras and casings until he got the idea.

Visitors can get their photo taken for $2 per shot; proceeds go to the aquarium’s conservation work.

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