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Giant octopus wrestles stunned diver

Giant Octopus Wrestles with Ocean Diver Underwater

Two men were diving in Bluefish Cove off the coast of Point Lobos in Carmel when an enormous eight-legged sea creature emerged out of the murky ocean depths and tried to play tug-of-war.

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kvave February 19 2014 at 11:02 AM

The Giant Squid in Baja is becoming far more common , as the Shark Population is decimated. The Giant Squid is in fact , just as aggressive and deadly to Fisherman and Divers.

Nature , ALL of it must be Conserved and PROPERLY managed ........ or the World we live in will become a very unblalanced and foreign place

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coopski1 kvave February 19 2014 at 12:04 PM

Actually the Humboldt squid is MUCH more dangerous to humans than octopus. The swarm at divers, their bite is very aggressive. But you're right, in some areas the decline in shark populations IS impacting the ecosystem already.

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oldknight February 19 2014 at 8:20 AM

I'm not sure how smart that was to engage this thing.

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wassup oldknight February 19 2014 at 8:44 AM

did he get engaged to it? wow,, talk about an odd couple!

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bmwrjw oldknight February 19 2014 at 9:51 AM

It looked like the creature engaged them not the other way around.

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sakwyc February 19 2014 at 1:09 PM

Fabulous!! I admire these young guys for a) their courage and b) not lashing out at the octopus. Very cool.

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drglennking February 19 2014 at 8:05 AM

As a primatologist, I think that the recent discoveries regarding intelligence in octopuses are very important. They also make me very uneasy about the conditions that I've seen for some captive individuals.

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steves1709 February 19 2014 at 1:38 PM

Way cool. One of a million reasons not to screw up the oceans of the world.

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missionbel February 19 2014 at 8:00 AM

I'm 83 years old now, but dove for many years and never lost the sense of wonder being in another world, much larger and more complex than ours. I feel sorry for those who consider this "gross" or "stupid." These guys not only exhibited amazing cool 80 feet down, but realized how incredibly lucky they were with this encounter. Coming face to face with amazing creatures is a privilege, unless it has bared teeth or poison barbs. Once, minke whale visited our 14 foot boat once, scraping along the sides, inspecting us all around, giving us a parting wave of the fin, looking us in the eye with the eye of an obviously intelligent creature. It was a magical moment without a trace of fear on our part. Just a sense of incredible privilege to say "hi" to a fellow mammal we otherwise never would have seen up close and personal.

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wassup missionbel February 19 2014 at 8:46 AM

you should write a book. i found your paragraph interesting, intriguing and captivating, to say the least.

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coopski1 missionbel February 19 2014 at 12:09 PM

I hope to get the courage to dive in the open ocean soon. I'm impressed at these guy's cool under the circumstances! What an amazing experience you had with that whale. Incredible. That's one of the times I would have displayed inappropriate "courage" ... because I would have jumped in to look at it underwater and to try to pet it. Dumb. Dumb mistake that would be. To leave the whale alone and just enjoy his visit probably made him stay longer. Respect for the whale.

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barbara February 19 2014 at 2:02 PM

He's lucky that he didn't end up as a snack.

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bonnieallmine barbara February 19 2014 at 2:46 PM

They do not snack on humans...now a great white...also found in the bay there...that is another story. The large squid found in the Sea of Cortez are also very intelligent. I am reluctant to eat squid or octopus now since I know the big ones are very smart.

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jaminbenb February 19 2014 at 7:57 AM

That's why I dive! You never know when you're going to encounter something like that!

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pamei7 February 19 2014 at 2:24 PM

well its his backyard.................and he plays where he wants to

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dollibug February 19 2014 at 2:41 PM

Seeing is BELIEVING for sure*****well, at least for some/most things*

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