The tree octopus – a legend caught on camera?


A short movie made in 1928 by pioneer underwater filmmaker, Jean Painleve.

Painleve is barely remembered today (seems we only have room in our hearts for one French underwater filmmaker) but in his time was renowned for blending science and art in his series of remarkable movies – including this one, which was obviously a joke, but the myth goes on causing people to get hot under the collar about the badness of the internet.

(But to us marine biologists it’s awesome to see how far an octopus will haul itself over dry land after it’s been shoved in a tree by a cheeky filmmaker).

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