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WATCH: An “Alien DNA” Octopus In New Zealand Is Taking Photos Of Its Visitors

Meet the world’s first “octographer”Rambo, a cephalopod at New Zealand’s Sea Life Aquarium who’s taking photos of its visitors.

You can see this impressive ability in action bellow, and watch as Rambo makes sure she doesn’t have her sucker-covered tentacles in the shot before hitting the shutter button.

Of course, Rambo isn’t the first cephalopod to perform high-level activities – not only do octopuses have mind-boggling camouflage skills, superb speed and the ability to walk on land, they can also use tools and, apparently, predict soccer games. Even some say that octopus DNA is not from this world!

But, as far as we’re aware, this is the first time an octopus has been trained to take photos. The project is part of a collaboration between the aquarium and Sony, who provided Rambo with the camera and its special underwater casing that’s lowered into her enclosure. Then, when spectators line up against a specially provided backdrop, she’s able to use her dexterous tentacle to push the red shutter button, and take better photos than pretty much all of our parents.

I don’t know about you guys, but I, for one, welcome our new octopus overlords!

Originally published on Science Alert
Source used: Sony New Zealand
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