Kayaker Films Moment Seal And Octopus Fight An Epic Battle

Caters_NewsPublished: June 23, 2017Updated: June 24, 2017335,890 views
Published: June 23, 2017Updated: June 24, 2017

Kayaker and photographer Conner Stapley caught this incredible 20 minute footage of an enormous octopus battling with an 120 kilogram seal off the coast of Kaikoura, on New Zealand's South Island.

Cooner, 28, was leading a group of kayakers around Kaikoura's South Bay, when they encountered the adult fur seal as it was literally ripping the octopus to shreds for food. The guide for Kaikoura's Kayaks says that this kind of encounters are rare and even rarer during the daytime, as New Zealand's fur seals usually feed during night time.

They initially noticed a flock of sea birds congregating above the site, which is a sure sign that something bloody is about to happen nearby and sure enough, the fight began.

The footage shows the seal shaking the octopus, like a big dog playing with its favorite toy. This way they literally dismember the creature, ripping the tentacles off, because if the swallow them like that, they will stick to their throat and the seal will have to throw it up.

New Zealand fur seals can hold their breath for up to 11 minutes at a time to dive underwater – in this case at depths of up to 30 meters – to hunt their favorite delicacy.

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