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Octopus just wants to be on youtube!

Over on stuff.co.nz, there is a spectacular video of an octopus that grabs a diver’s video camera and swims off with it. Much of the video is a surreal blur, because the octopus is all wrapped around the camera, but that just adds to the charm…and there are also plenty of shots of the beautiful animal as it and the diver wrestle.

I’d imbed the video here, too, but that site doesn’t make it easy to extract the code, tangling it all up in javascript. That’s when I realized the octopus’s real intent: he wanted to make videos that were shareable and publicly accessible.

Comments

  1. #1 aratina cage
    April 16, 2010

    I think this video is on YouTube: octopus steals my video camera…

  2. #2 recovering catholic
    April 16, 2010

    Cephalopod joy!

  3. #3 Kieranfoy
    April 16, 2010

    It’s a pity your nature articles never get many comments, P.Z.

    I mean, sheesh, we all need a break form excoriating fundie stupidity.

  4. #4 stevieinthecity#9dac9
    April 16, 2010

    That was awesome.

  5. #5 Izzy
    April 16, 2010

    This video totally made my day! Thank you for posting this PZ!! Out of curiosity (and ignorance), does the color of the octopus mean anything? Like, maybe anger?

  6. #6 bbgunn071679
    April 16, 2010

    I am always mesmerized when I watch an octopus in an aquarium. My wife literally has to pull me away to go look at some other exhibit (usually the sharks and rays, of course.)

  7. #7 Blondin
    April 16, 2010

    I’ve never seen an octopus in an aquarium. I’ve been to several aquariums that claim to contain octopuses but they’re always hiding in some nook or cranny. I think they’re a myth.

  8. #8 https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawn3yeqDAoctgwo6-DD2CLf7YxBquJvaSfc
    April 16, 2010

    Ugh, there’s so much camera shake, the video is blurry, and the lens is never pointed at anything interesting!

    Octopuses make poor videographers. :P

    HJ Hornbeck

  9. #9 Swintah1
    April 16, 2010

    You’ll notice that the octopus is missing the ends of some of its tentacles. I think it’s a repeat offender.

  10. #10 alcyone56
    April 16, 2010

    If I were an octopus, I’d want a speargun and a video camera in my garden, too.

    Blondin, I have video proof of one at Berlin Zoo. ;) Skip to 8:00. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWehFLFg_5E

  11. #11 https://me.yahoo.com/a/vVHpdEdt0PZTBDL1jYm15cLPzt6l1e0TaC8-#18eb9
    April 16, 2010

    Here is the embed code
    < embed width="620" height="385" wmode="opaque" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://static.stuff.co.nz/flash/mediaplayer.swf" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer" flashvars="mediaXML=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stuff.co.nz%2Fxml%2Fvideo%2F3590860" >

  12. #12 maglione.k
    April 16, 2010

    Here’s the embed code for non-IE browsers:

    <embed width=”620″ height=”385″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” src=”http://static.stuff.co.nz/flash/mediaplayer.swf” pluginspage=”http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer” flashvars=”mediaXML=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stuff.co.nz%2Fxml%2Fvideo%2F3590860″ />

  13. #13 Moggie
    April 16, 2010

    This might give J*hn Kw*k ideas.

  14. #14 yar.natasha
    April 16, 2010

    So the future Cephalopod master of the earth are now taking and analyzing advanced technology. Soon it will be laser armed squid sweeping the sea clean of ships. Then R’lyeh will rise and Great Cthulhu will rule the world once again.

  15. #15 barcsb
    April 16, 2010

    I thought the last song was perfect not only for the video but also appropriate for any time PZ features cute cephalopods.

    Legit download from the band’s site
    Lyrics:
    I love you octopus
    I love you octopus
    I think it’s great that you’ve got 8 wobbly arms
    I can never see you with your crazy camouflage
    I think you’re busting, you are surreal
    better than the fish, the sharks and even the conga eel
    Because
    I love you octopus
    I love you octopus
    I wish I was as rich as the English king and queen
    I’d spend my money on a brand new submarine
    I’d swim with the dolphins, like Jacques Cousteau
    At the end of the evening we’d have a real big fish disco
    Because
    I love you octopus
    I love you octopus

  16. #16 gbothel
    April 16, 2010

    Silly octopus! :D

  17. #17 Nerdette
    April 16, 2010

    I am quite sure the octopus was some form of child star and one more camera documenting “Where Are They Now” was just one more camera too many. Really, can you blame him for snatching instead of running?

    I love nature. It never wants to go to some silly human’s plan.

  18. #18 Moggie
    April 16, 2010

    Yeah, when a paparazzo goes for those salacious up-mantle shots, he ought to expect this sort of reaction.

  19. #19 Kaessa
    April 16, 2010

    I loved the video! Cheeky octopus. The song was perfect, too.

  20. #20 jcmartz.myopenid.com
    April 16, 2010

    Perhaps the octopus wanted to make amateur octopi porn.

  21. #21 JSug
    April 16, 2010

    Good thing he didn’t let the octopus take his spear gun. It probably would have shot him so it could take the camera back.

  22. #22 https://me.yahoo.com/hairychris444#96384
    April 16, 2010

    Haha, great clip. I think that he’s done that sort of thing before! :-)

  23. #23 The Science Pundit
    April 16, 2010

    It’s on YouTube! You should be able to embed from there pretty easily.

  24. #24 headers
    April 16, 2010

    The website embeds this content after one step of indirection.

    http://file.stuff.co.nz/1271388923/861/3590861.mp4

    This is easily playable or downloadable for your pleasure.

    S

  25. #25 shegeek1000101
    April 16, 2010

    It’s just a short step downhill from stealing cameras to this:
    http://www.blender.org/uploads/pics/bobby960.jpg

  26. #26 F
    April 16, 2010

    You can embed it from here as well:

    or direct
    http://s231.photobucket.com/albums/ee50/NGC224isM31/?action=view&current=3590861.flv

    Since the stuff.co.nz server is a bit slow, being in NZ, which is a bit far from me, anyway, this might be faster. Apparently, they don’t use a CDN, but I’m not going to go check.

  27. #27 F
    April 16, 2010

    Oh, crap. I didn’t actually mean to embed that, but show the code. Bad HTML-fu. Bad, bad.

    This is where post-editing would come in handy. For those who forget to properly check their work before they post, like me.

  28. #28 amodeo65
    April 16, 2010

    That was a great video. The octopus should get an oscar for documentary film making. The Vancouver aquarium has an octopus. You can see her (I’m told it’s a her) if you’re patient.

  29. #29 CButter
    April 17, 2010

    This might give J*hn Kw*k ideas.

    Indeed, I think this may be the first footage of the fabled Kwoktopus.

  30. #30 blf
    April 17, 2010

    I think this may be the first footage of the fabled Kwoktopus.

    I thought this was in the seas off Sheepland, not in some High School aquarium.

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