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Crazy Octopus steals video camera and swims off with it (while it's recording)

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 18 April 2001 | Views [2254]

This video isn't mine but, for anyone who has ever been diving, makes for compelling viewing. One Victor Huang was diving at Wellington, New Zealand and he spotted a wild octopus that he thought he'd video. The octopus however had other ideas and snatched the camera from his hands and swam away with it while still recording — subsequently filming a chase for the camera that lasted several minutes.


“While trying to get video of a wild octopus, it suddenly dashed towards me and rips my shiny new camera from out of my hands, then swims off, all while the camera is recording! he swam away very quickly like a naughty shoplifter. after a 5 minute chase, I placed my speargun underneath him and he quickly and curiously grabbed hold of the gun as well, giving me enough time to reach in and grab the camera from out of his mouth. I didn’t feel threatened at all during the whole ordeal. he seemed to be fixated on the shiny metallic blue digital camera. the only confusing behavior was how he dashed off with it like a thief haha. cheeky octopus.”

I like the sub-titles when they say "Here I'm panicing a bit ..."

Yeah, I bet you were!

Of course, from our perspective on travel insurance it begs the question: would I be covered? Which then begets the other question: how would we know it was true? In this case Victor gets his video camera back, but if the Octopus had won, who would have believed him? ("An Octopus attacked me and swam off with my video camera". Yeah, right. Except he was of course.


Tags: adventure, chase, diving, new zealand, octopus, video

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