Octopus Steals Video Camera and Swims Off With It

A cheeky octopus steals adiver’s video camera, when he was filming underwater, and then swims off with it. Victor Huang was diving near the Wahine Memorial off the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand on Thursday when the octopus suddenly burst out of a bed of kelp.

The octopus grabbed the camera with one of its tentacles and swam off. Photo: DailyMail

A cheeky octopus steals a diver’s video camera, when he was filming underwater, and then swims off with it. Victor Huang was diving near the Wahine Memorial off the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand on Thursday when the octopus suddenly burst out of a bed of kelp.

Mr. Huang ‘freaked out’ at first as he thought the octopus was attacking him – before realising that the octopus was actually just after his new shining blue Panasonic Lumix video camera. After it, the rubbery robber darted off, leaving Victor chasing him to get his favourite gadget back. It took five minutes of frantic swimming to catch up with the aquatic crook.

The diver then held out his speargun in a bid to distract the octopus, and it worked, when it grabbed at the gun with several tentacles Victor used the chance to free his camera from the crook’s mouth. The octopus, however, refused to let go of the gun and was carried around for several minutes as Victor continued swimming.

And the most interesting in this story is the fact that the video camera was filming the entire time. So, dear Readers, stop reading and check out the video below.

“I honestly believe that it saw the bright blue digital camera and went ‘oh I need that’, you know?” said Victor Huang.

His parents had seen the video and told him to stop diving, fearing it too dangerous, he said. Having moved here from San Francisco six years ago to work on animation in the King Kong movie, he said he had fallen in love with the lifestyle and, now engaged to a Kiwi girl, had made the move permanent.

Mr Huang had set out to record the wildlife and scenery around Wellington, saying Kiwis didn’t seem to truly appreciate what was on offer. “You jump in to the water five metres from work and there’s an octopus,” he said. [via Asylum and Stuff; image via Metro (UK); video via Victor Huang on Vimeo]

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