Rambo the Octographer



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. Click MEET THE WORLD’S FIRST OCTOPUS PHOTOGRAPHER to watch. There’s also a second video about how it was done. Click OCTOGROPHER | BEHIND THE SEAWEED to watch.


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.