Wheke of Otaipango Tries Photography

After taking photos of this wheke it decided to get in on the act and grabbed my camera. A good thing I had the cord around my wrist as it has a very strong pull. Pulling out my other camera I got this photo showing the wheke with my main camera and the grey cord you can see stretched tight is attached to my other wrist.

As I had someone with me, they took the cord of the camera the wheke had, then I got down to get some photos with the other camera. The wheke initially had the camera upside down.

Once it had sorted out which was was which, it thought to try and take a photo of a human, not a common species seen regularly by the wheke.

However, distracted by it's good looks, it forgot to press the button.

So the first wheke photographer of Otaipango did not get any photos.

Meanwhile in Wellington in April 2000 this wheke stole a camera while it was recording and from that video we can see it is the same species. I am not sure if these 2 are related, and I am not sure if there is any research into kleptomania and octopus. Is it just this species that has a fascination with photography or are there other species as well?

Posted on October 14, 2019 02:15 AM by tangatawhenua tangatawhenua


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Typical Octopuses (Family Octopodidae)




October 13, 2019 02:12 PM NZDT


On The Rock.

After I took photos it grabbed my camera as documented here.
Wheke of Otaipango Tries Photography



It's only a matter of time before this wheke will be setting up its own iNaturalistNZ account! Thanks for sharing :)

Posted by sadiem almost 5 years ago

@sadiem - and will probably want the username wheke-moana :D

Posted by tangatawhenua almost 5 years ago

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