Watch a Giant Octopus Turn into a Real-Life 'Kracken' Try to Grab a Scuba Diver
Scuba divers have stories filled to the brim about their amazing adventures in the depths of the waters that they dive in. However, being grabbed by a giant octopus probably isn’t on their “need to do before I die list.” But, for this one diver in Canada, that’s exactly what he got! Check out the footage below.
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Giant Octopus Sighting in Canada
The next YouTube video posted at the very top of this blog post takes us to Madrona Point in Canada. This video was shared by the World Wide Web YouTube page. This channel shares footage of animals from Africa all the way to the United States. We see all sorts of animals, such as lions, leopards, honey badgers, crocodiles, hammerhead sharks, and stingrays, to list a few on there. Below is a short snippet they offer about what happens in the video.
“This is the creepy moment a giant Pacific octopus grabbed hold of a diver’s hand to pull him under a rock because it thought he was food. Tom Hlavac was diving off Madrona Point, Canada, on October 1 when he spotted an adult octopus lying in a den on the seafloor…reach out and grip Tom’s hand after he had felt one of the animal’s suckers.”
Giant Octopus Grabbing Divers Hand
At the start of this video, we are taken down deep in the Madrona Point. This water can reach a depth of 90 feet. The Vancouver Island Dive Sites labels the Madrona Point as “an advanced dive and has lots to see.” And lots to see there definitely was for this diver.
The narrator starts out by saying, “this is the stuff of diving nightmares.” Tom Hlavac had dived down, and something caught his eye down below. And while we see varying sizes swimming by, this is not what has interested this diver. Rather, it is the octopus that has wedged itself down in between the rocks on the bed of the ocean floor. As Hlavac gets closer, he realizes this is a giant octopus. The closer he gets, the more this giant octopus looks like a real Kraken!
At 32 seconds, we see that Hlavac reached out and touched one of his suckers. He retracts his hand and then goes back in for a second touch at 46 seconds. Only this time, the octopus isn’t letting go. If you pause the video at 59 seconds, we are able to see that Hlavac actually is pulling his hand away, and we can see his skin moving in the direction of the octopus’ grip on him. Finally, the giant octopus pulls away. We guess he didn’t like the taste of human flesh.
What Do Giant Octopus Eat?
The Giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) is of the family Enteroctopodidae. Giant octopus are carnivorous eaters. As such, they will eat prey such as shrimp, crab, scallops, clam, lobster, fish, and soft-bodied prey.
Giant octopuses are known as stealthy hunters. And once they are ready to lurch out, they are unforgiving in their attack. The giant octopus has approximately 280 suckers per arm. So this is about 2,240 suckers in total. The larger of the suctions can hold up to 35 pounds each! No wonder the diver in the video above was afraid and wanted to get away.