Meet Rambo, one of the cleverest undersea creature that lives in Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand. And mind you, this octopus was specifically trained to take photos of tourists using a Sony camera.
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.” according to Mark Vette.
For a $2 donation to the aquarium (which proceeds go to the organization’s conservation programs), tourists can get their photo snapped by the amazing, Rambo. The octopus uses a Sony DSC-TX30 camera that’s fitted into a custom made housing mounted onto the tank. From inside its tank, Rambo takes photographs by using one of its tentacles to press the shutter.
In case you’re worried that Rambo is being overworked as a slave photographer in the name of tourism, the aquarium says her snapping hours are quite limited. Be sure to check Rambo’s schedule if you’re planning to book a trip to see what Sony is calling “The World’s First Octopus Photographer.”
Rambo’s new found skills are the result of a partnership between Sony and the Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland. Rambo was trained to press the camera’s red shutter button when visitors stand in front of a special backdrop. AWESOME!!!
Would you look at that!
The possibilities this raises are mind boggling. Octographers that help marine researchers by snapping undersea photos for us? Octopuses trained to conduct covert marine surveillance? Maybe I’m getting a bit carried away here, but…who knows! Between their killer camouflage, intelligence, and newly demonstrated photography abilities, cephalopods are shaping up to be damn good spies.
Watch Rambo at work: