Ben Savard was photographing an octopus at Middlebury College in Vermont on Monday when the animal suddenly grabbed the camera and snapped some photos of its own.
Savard, a digital media producer, wanted to capture some photos of the octopuses the school's neuroscience students have been studying.
In those few seconds, the sassy cephalopod shot a surprisingly good photo of Savard, which you can see above.
Savard posted the photos on Reddit, where they quickly reached the front page. However, some users have accused Savard of staging the photos.
"You caught me," he replied on the thread. "Middlebury College is secretly using upvotes instead of food as a reward in its animal research."
Savard assures us the photos are real and even created a GIF documenting the impromptu photo shoot.
The octopus with the surprising flair for photography is a California two-spot octopus, which Middlebury neuroscience students have been observing to see if the species can open boxes of food more quickly after seeing other octopuses do it.
Below, check out some of the photos from the octopus' surprise photo shoot.
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