This video was shot in Sardinia on one of the beautiful beaches of the “Costa Verde“, where we met a small octopus that interacted in its own way with the diver and with the camera resting on the bottom. The Octopus and the Camera Il Polpo e la Telecamera Intotheblue.it
We saw the octopus while he was playing with a lead from a line of a fisherman grabbed by a stone. As soon as he became aware of the presence of an intruder (the sub) he initially withdrew on the defensive trying to hide himself, then intrigued by the camera, or more likely by his intermittent light, he interacted with this trying to capture her with the tentacles.
The video is quite long and we deliberately put it in full version without cuts, only speeding it up and slowing it down in the most interesting moments, to film the interaction of the octopus with the sub and the camera itself. There are many films and documentaries that tell us how clever and cunning these animals are, and we too in our own small way tried to document this behavior. The Octopus and the Camera Il Polpo e la Telecamera Intotheblue.it
In the final part we also see how the octopuses are champions of mimicry, our fact in order to escape the diver it is hidden among the algae moved by the undertow of the current, trying to take its appearance and movements, until at the end, probably realizing that the strategy was not very effective, it disappeared definitively at the sight of the sub hiding in a hole.
The common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is a mollusc belonging to the class Cephalopoda. Octopus vulgaris is the most studied of all octopus species. It is considered cosmopolitan, that is, a global species, which ranges from the eastern Atlantic, extends from the Mediterranean and the southern coast of England, to at least Senegal in Africa. It also occurs off the Azores, Canary Islands and Cape Verde Islands. The species is also common in the Western Atlantic. The common octopus hunts at dusk. Crabs, crayfish, and bivalve molluscs (two-shelled, such as cockles) are preferred, although the octopus eats almost anything it can catch. It is able to change colour to blend in with its surroundings, and is able to jump upon any unwary prey that strays across its path. Using its beak, it is able to break into the shells of shelled molluscs. Training experiments have shown the common octopus can distinguish the brightness, size, shape, and horizontal or vertical orientation of objects.