I freely admit that I'm an admirer of the Octopus. I'm convinced that they're thinking, creative, and intelligent. I've written about them before, in terms of their problem-solving abilities, which makes them fabulous escape artists. I've written about their uncanny ability not just to mimic their surroundings, but even to , or use tools like coconut shells to help safely relocate to a new home. The video linked below is an extremely amusing video shot by a somewhat startled photographer as an octopus steals his still new camera, and darts away (with the camera still running). The photographer, as you can see, got the camera back, but it tok a bit of a chase. If you watch, you can see the octopus, with the camera in his mouth, grab the speargun as well, acting in both cases like he was both curious, and attracted by the shiny camera. This is a particularly lovely individual; notice also, the subtle color changes, and the elegant way the Octopus manages to achieve his (or her) objectives. I note that the Octopus is more playful (and curious) than aggressive, even when being pursued. There are a smaller species of Octopus that frequent Pacific Northwest tidal pools, and I'll keep watching for them. Like other residents of the Pacific Northwest, I always watch for the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus, as well as the Giant Pacific Octopus (Octopus dofleini).