06/19/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Octopus Steals Diver's Camera, Shoots Its Own Footage (VIDEO)

A camera is probably one of the last things you'd expect to find in an octopus' garden. But when San Franciscan Victor Huang, living in Wellington, New Zealand, went freediving last week to take some underwater video, he bumped into an octopus who took one look at his camera, wrapped its tentacles around him, and made off with it.

"The camera itself is sort of bright blue and metallic and shiny, and I think it just saw something a bit different and unique and wanted to collect it for its little gypsy collection," Huang said in an appearance on The Early Show.

Huang, aware that the camera would probably have some amazing footage, pursued the octopus for five minutes before he stuck his hand in its mouth and pried his camera free.

The beak on an octopus can crack open rocks, Early Show co-host Harry Smith said, pointing out that maybe sticking your hand in its mouth isn't the best idea. But for Huang, the risk was worth it.

"I honestly felt completely safe with the octopus," Huang adds. "If I didn't have to get into work at 9 a.m., I would have stayed out with it for hours just to sort of hang out with it."

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