Curious Octopus Attempts to Snag Entire Underwater SLR Rig from Diver

Sea creatures are out to get your cameras. Don’t believe us? Well the evidence is overwhelmingly in our favor. Sharks, crabs and manta rays have all tried to snatch photography equipment from unsuspecting camera men and women in the past, and this video shows that octopuses (octopi? moosen?) are trying to get in on the action as well.

This particular incident took place in Bluefish Cove in Carmel, CA around Valentine’s Day. While photographing some marine life on the Point Lobos State National Reserve, divers Warren Murray and David Malvestuto almost lost a whole underwater SLR rig to a Pacific octopus who was either curious or very anti-paparazzi.

Watch the video for yourself at the top, and if you want more evidence that animals are evolving into photographers, check out some of our previous animal thief coverage here.

  • Leon Brown

    plural is octopodes.

  • Rashard D.

    Even octopus don’t like the paps!

  • Ahsah

    Mr. Octopus is just trying to get that camera flash all up out of his suction cups.

  • Kevin

    I guess the “golden rule” of nature photography doesn’t apply to marine life? Don’t disturb the wildlife?

  • Jared

    It’s not unreasonable at all to assume that the flash disturbed or frightened him, or that he might have interpreted the camera as some sort of food.

    As you imply, we intrude into the animal’s environment and thus we change its behavior. Unfortunately, I suppose there’s no way to document these animals without interfering.

  • Ryan

    He was trying to take a selfie.

  • Federico Montemurro

    Photos are definitely below ok

  • Larissa

    Trying? he succeeded.

  • Larissa

    ‘MINE!’, thought the octopus, upon seeing the shiny gear.

  • Matt Wheeler

    Is it unreasonable to say the photos snapped were pretty bad??

  • Yoda

    I’d like to see the photos he took

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