Friday Cephalopod: Another step in the fusion of cephalopod and technology

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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?


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

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?

By Mia (15127444) (not verified) on 18 Apr 2015 #permalink

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

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

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

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

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.

By Jadene Jacobs … (not verified) on 18 Apr 2015 #permalink

Extremely fascinating!

By Pieter De Wet (not verified) on 18 Apr 2015 #permalink

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

By T.G Tsotetsi (not verified) on 19 Apr 2015 #permalink

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.

By Odette le Roux (not verified) on 19 Apr 2015 #permalink


By Odette le Roux (not verified) on 19 Apr 2015 #permalink

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.


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.

By Pozisa-15147462 (not verified) on 19 Apr 2015 #permalink

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.

By Odette le Roux (not verified) on 19 Apr 2015 #permalink

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?

By Siphokazi(u15197761) (not verified) on 19 Apr 2015 #permalink

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.

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?

By Hamish Craze (… (not verified) on 19 Apr 2015 #permalink

Hamish Craze. *octopods

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?

By Andreas Durand… (not verified) on 19 Apr 2015 #permalink

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

By Silindokuhle Majola (not verified) on 20 Apr 2015 #permalink

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)?

By Jordyn Muirhead (not verified) on 20 Apr 2015 #permalink

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.

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

By Nhlamulo Hobyane (not verified) on 21 Apr 2015 #permalink

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

By Nhlamulo Hobyane (not verified) on 21 Apr 2015 #permalink

@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.

By Mark Bolton (not verified) on 24 Apr 2015 #permalink