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When Octopii Attack…

January 30, 2006

Here’s a wild story (courtesy of TWC reader Dominique Labrosse) about a giant Pacific Octopus that didn’t take kindly to a visit from a remotely-piloted sub. Even better, the sub had video, and you can watch it here. Here’s the gist:

The giant Pacific octopus weighs about 45 kilograms, powerful enough to damage Mike Wood’s remote-controlled submarine.

Wood’s first reaction was to panic, knowing the marine creature can exert a powerful bite.

“I go full reverse and blast him with all these seabed particles,” said Wood, describing the attack shown in the video. “Finally, he lets go and disappears off into the gloom.

“It was desperation. It’s a $200,000 machine, and it’s not insured,” said Wood, who runs SubOceanic Sciences Canada in Duncan, B.C.

Score one for the tentacled ones…

“Damn, if I hadn’t just snacked on that mini-sub, I’d really give this idiot a scare…”

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