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Extraordinary exchange between a diver and an octopus - video

An unusual exchange between a diver and an octopus was captured on film. The situation took place during a dive in Indonesia. There are many unforgettable sights and adventures waiting for us underwater. Everyone who has decided to dive at least once knows about it. Often, great moments from our dives can be recorded with
Published: October 10, 2019 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:39
Extraordinary exchange between a diver and an octopus – video

An unusual exchange between a diver and an octopus was captured on film. The situation took place during a dive in Indonesia.

There are many unforgettable sights and adventures waiting for us underwater. Everyone who has decided to dive at least once knows about it. Often, great moments from our dives can be recorded with cameras and video cameras. This is exactly what happened in this case, when between a man and a small octopus an extraordinary exchange took place.

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While diving in the waters of Lembeh, Indonesia, Pall Sigurdsson and his friends encountered a tiny octopus that had taken up residence in a disposable plastic cup. These unusual cephalopods are known for making protective covers out of shells and other found objects, such as coconut shells. But Sigurdsson was concerned about the safety of the octopus, which was protecting itself in a flexible plastic container.

While the shell provides solid protection, a passing eel or flounder would probably swallow the octopus along with the cup. This would probably result in the death of both victim and predator. So instead of leaving the octopus to its fate, Sigurdsson and his friends spent considerable time looking for shells for the unusual exchange.

The first few pieces they suggested were not accepted, but eventually one was found that convinced the tiny octopus.

unusual exchange between a diver and an octopus
A shell is definitely a better shelter than a plastic cup

We found this octopus at a depth of about 20 metres underwater and for a long time we tried to convince it of the shells we found, hoping it would exchange its cup for them. Coconut octopuses are known to be very picky about the shells that are supposed to be their shelter. We tried many different ones before we found one that the animal accepted. – Sigurdsson said.

As a result, the tiny octopus has gained a new, safe shelter. Let us hope that it will serve it for a very long time. And there is one less plastic cup under the water.

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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