No, it’s not a title for a children’s book – it’s a true story of an octopus who ‘works’ as a photographer!
Thinking that Rambo (yes, that’s the name of the snap-happy cephalopod!) might get bored, the owner of Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in New Zealand decided to give her (yes, Rambo’s female!) something to do.
So they installed a waterproof camera and taught Rambo how to use it. It didn’t take her long to get the hang of it
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“When we first tried to get her to take a photo, it only took three attempts for her to understand the process,” says trainer Mark Vette. “That’s faster than a dog. Actually it’s faster than a human in some instances.”
Now, the world’s first octographer takes photos of anyone wh0 cares to peer into her tank. The zoo charges $2 for each photo and the money goes towards the aquarium fund.
DIY Photography.net reports:
Octopuses are pretty wondrous animals with all those legs and insanely astute critical thinking skills. It’s actually not surprising at all an animal trainer working at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in New Zealand, was able to train an octopus to take photos. In fact, it only took “Rambo” the octopus three attempts to understand how the process works.
Now, Rambo charges a cool $2 for a visitor to her tank to sit for a portrait taken by the octographer. The small donation goes directly to the aquarium to help offset expenses. But, if you’re looking to have Rambo take your photo, be sure to check her hours first, as the aquarium says she on a light work schedule.
“When we first tried to get her to take a photo, it only took three attempts for her to understand the process. That’s faster than a dog. Actually it’s faster than a human in some instances.” Mark Vette, trainer
In front her tank, there’s a backdrop where visitors can pose for their photos. It appears these children on a school trip to the aquarium thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The camera, a Sony DSC-TX30, was secured into a custom made housing to mount onto Rambo’s tank. The campaign was sponsored by Sony to help show how durable their camera is and to raise awareness of octopuses high level of intelligence.
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