Woman Dives In The Ocean With Octopus Attached To Her Leg

Caters_NewsPublished: June 27, 2018902 views
Published: June 27, 2018

They are known for being quite the masters of disguise, with their skin having the ability to mimic the colors and textures of the surroundings. But other than being able to quickly change color and shape, octopuses have another thing we really like about them - they are incredibly curious!

Katherine Harmon Courage, a journalist and contributing editor for Scientific American, went on a journey to Greece, Italy and New York City that she summarized in her book “Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea”. In an interview with the National Geographic, she says that she proved Aristotle’s saying “the octopus is a stupid creature” to be quite the opposite. “They have been shown to be able to solve mazes. They appear to be very curious when they encounter new objects. They explore them very thoroughly. That's why we can get them to do cool things like open bottles. All without instruction.”

In this particular clip, one mollusk didn’t quite solve a puzzle or guess the final result to a soccer match, but he did prove to be quite curious about another creature that didn’t quite belong in the ocean. During an underwater filming session in Oahu, Hawaii, one diver got to be accompanied by one very curious octopus!

Jess Grubb found her right leg to be a few pounds heavier during her freedive, because an octopus decided to cling onto her leg for the ride. The 29-year-old was recorded by Shane Brown, a 26-year-old videographer who first spotted the octopus swimming close to Jess. He had hoped that he will capture footage of the two swimming in tandem, but he did not expect to see this!

As Shane ‘shepharded’ the creature towards Jess, its curiosity took over and the octopus latched itself tightly onto Jess’s hip, making the entire scene look incredibly like the opening sequence of the appropriately named James Bond film ‘Octopussy’. Amazed by the footage he captured on May 20, the full-time photographer said: “People always freak out at first [when an octopus touches them]. You can feel all these little suction cups grabbing onto you – it feels like a weird massage.

“The whole encounter lasted about 30 minutes. We knew the octopus would get very tired from this experience – it was very important to put it back into a safe part of the reef where it could hide and rest. It was an amazing experience.”

In case you are curious as to how well octopuses can disguise themselves, just check out this following clip. Shot in December of 2016 in Mozambique, the footage features an octopus swimming into the blue with diver tagging along and following his every move. Moments later, the octopus rests on the bottom of the ocean and immediately camouflages, changing its color and texture in order to blend into the environment.

Watch as the octopus swims in the depths of the ocean and resembles a badminton birdie flying across the field. This octopus was filmed off the coast of Mozambique on a reef called Doodles at approximately 65 feet. Incredible!

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