Video: Octopus problem solves to get bait

A video posted on Vimeo shows an octopus undoing three sets of cable ties and wrangle a pajama catshark (Poroderma africanum) in order to “steal” a bait canister. The encounter was observed and subsequently narrated by Lauren De Vos of the University of Cape Town’s Marine Research Institute. It was shot whilst monitoring the bait canister for research purposes in Cape Town’s False Bay, during some challenging green water visibility.