Rambo, a female octopus at an aquarium in New Zeeland, has attracted fans from all over the world with its unique ability to take photos.
The smart creature was trained on a Sony TX30 underwater camera as a result of a collaboration between the brand and advertising agency FCB Auckland. The campaign, entitled “The Octographer”, was aimed at showing the world that even an amateur photographer can take amazing underwater photos with this camera. A photographer who actually lives underwater seemed the most inspired choice for the main role.
Although many cameras were damaged during the two-month training, it only took three tries for Rambo to learn the process. Otherwise, the smart octopus got her name because the first few times when her trainer Mark Vette put the rig in the water she wanted to fight it.
Rambo’s photography skills, along with the training process were featured in a one-minute video that has gotten nearly 400,000 YouTube views in the first week and lots of media coverage.
The smart octopus currently lives at Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, in Auckland, New Zealand, who only agreed to be involved in the project because the process was enriching for the animal. For this reason, the aquarium has even given some visitors the opportunity to have their photo taken by Rambo. The money people paid to have their photos taken goes to the SEA LIFE Conservation Fund, an organization dedicated to the protection of marine wildlife and conservation.