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  1. #1 Candace
    Pretoria
    April 18, 2015

    Couldn’t believe my eyes! So interesting. What makes the octopus take the photograph? Is it just him becoming acquainted with his surroundings, and that he just ended up putting his tentacle in the tube and pushing the button?

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  2. #2 Bob
    Boston
    April 18, 2015

    Thats really amazing. do you thing it was taught to the octopus?

  3. #3 Mia (15127444)
    South Africa
    April 18, 2015

    We often tend to underestimate the intelligence of other animals and in doing so we never fully appreciate this world with all its beauty. Will animals like the octopus learn to use other devices in the near future?

  4. #4 Andre
    Bloemfontein
    April 18, 2015

    Wow, that must a an experience, having an octopus take pictures of you.

  5. #5 Tyronne
    Namibia
    April 18, 2015

    A 8-legged photographer. What more can’t we teach them todo.

  6. #6 Ngwako
    Pretoria
    April 18, 2015

    Wow, we are indeed living in the developed world. 15202829

  7. #7 Kayla
    Pretoria
    April 18, 2015

    So interesting that an octopus can use a camera properly. 15091784

  8. #8 Jadene Jacobs (15008152)
    Pretoria
    April 18, 2015

    This is incredibly fascinating. Who knew that humans could actually teach an octopus how to use a camera? This truly proves that as humans (the most advanced species) we underestimate the intelligence of many other species. Perhaps more studies should be done on the intelligence of certain species.

  9. #9 Pieter De Wet
    Pretoria
    April 18, 2015

    Extremely fascinating!

  10. #10 T.G Tsotetsi
    Pretoria
    April 19, 2015

    Terrific,that is hope for researchers.This is by far the greatest interaction of humans with nature,extremely fascinating.

  11. #11 Odette le Roux
    April 19, 2015

    Although they have a walnut sized brain, octopuses are very intelligent, possibly more so than any other invertebrates. They are the first invertebrates to be seen using coconuts and shells as scavenged tools, to hide themselves from predators.

  12. #12 Odette le Roux
    April 19, 2015

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  13. #13 Terri
    April 19, 2015

    Quite an extraordinary event. Since animals such as dogs can be taught to do different things it is believable that the octopus was taught how to take a photograph, however what I am wondering is the teaching methods. Was a reward system used with the octopus like for example giving a dog a treat for doing something right? Or was it just a one time thing that the octopus coincidently touched the bottom.

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  14. #14 Pozisa-15147462
    Pretoria
    April 19, 2015

    The octographer is too fascinating. I never thought sea animals could be thought to do anything of that nature.I stand correcting. We’re living in a remarkable world indeed.

  15. #15 Odette le Roux
    April 19, 2015

    Octopuses only live 3-5 years, their short life limits their ability to collect more information. Some scientists say that if octopuses lived longer, they would have become the dominant specie on Earth.

  16. #16 Siphokazi(u15197761)
    Pretoria
    April 19, 2015

    Okay, this is rather fascinating. But wait, is it able to take the photo or use the ‘gadget’ because it knows exactly what it is? Or was it taught how to use it? Or was it just coincidental that it happened to press the right buttons?

  17. #17 15140378
    Pretoria
    April 19, 2015

    That’s incredible. While primates have the largest brains in relation to body size, other animals across vastly different phyla have the capacity to learn extraordinary behaviours and actions.

  18. #18 Hamish Craze (15030335)
    Pretoria
    April 19, 2015

    I don’t know much about octopi, but would this be inferring that octopi have some form of innate problem solving abilities? How complex a task can we get one to perform? Any persistent memory? Does the subject forget how to use the camera if you remove it from his environment an extended period of time?

  19. #19 15140378
    Pretoria
    April 19, 2015

    Hamish Craze. *octopods

  20. #20 Andreas Durand(15078869)
    Pretoria
    April 19, 2015

    Amazing, this reminds me of the Octopus which would predict the outcome of football matches( with varied results) in the 2010 World Cup. Although we consider consider most animals to be inferior to humans in terms of intelligence, this Octopus shows a remarkable level of ingenuity. I do however wonder as to how the Octopus was encouraged to preform this action. A treat system(such as food) perhaps? I was also wondering whether only this particular species of Octopus has this level of intelligence or do all?

  21. #21 Silindokuhle Majola
    pretoria
    April 20, 2015

    This is amazing. It shows how smart they are. i wish i would own one now. i did not an octopus is smart.15094139

  22. #22 Jordyn Muirhead
    April 20, 2015

    This is so unusual. Does the octopus do this every time you insert the camera into the tank? Did this individual just decide to press the button on its own or did it need some persuading (training)?

  23. #23 Leago
    April 22, 2015

    i am mostly appreciating the way Sony merges technology with biology thus creating an affinity towards the sciences for the young children that see this exhibition. the lifespan of science depends on the inquisition people have, so getting kids at early ages to start questioning scientifically breads science from early ages thus the evolution science only broadens.
    this was entertaining.
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  24. #24 Nhlamulo Hobyane
    pretoria
    April 22, 2015

    wow we are living in a world where anything is possible.who would have thought animals can gadgets.This shows that we have some intelligent animals like the octopus.but i wonder how the octopus works with it.u14231591

  25. #25 Nhlamulo Hobyane
    pretoria
    April 22, 2015

    wow we are living in a world where anything is possible who would have thought that animals can use gadgets.This shows that we have some intelligent animals like the octopus.but i wonder how it works with it.u14231591

  26. #26 Mark Bolton
    Australia
    April 24, 2015

    @Odette le Roux . I endorse your sentiments. Cephalopods would become the next species to be freed from the bonds of thier lifespan limited genetic framework. We would give them lifespans that would allow them to live long enough to learn from each other. They are on the cusp of doing that already. Take the stage with us humans – step on up ! or slurp on up – in either case you are welcome.

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