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Friday, January 27, 2006

Giant Octopus Attack On Sub In B.C.

Salmon researchers working on the Brooks Peninsula were shocked last November when an octopus attacked their expensive and sensitive equipment.

The giant Pacific octopus weighs about 45 kilograms, powerful enough to damage Mike Wood's remote-controlled submarine.
Wood's first reaction was to panic, knowing the marine creature can exert a powerful bite.
"I go full reverse and blast him with all these seabed particles," said Wood, describing the attack shown in the video. "Finally, he lets go and disappears off into the gloom.
"It was desperation. It's a $200,000 machine, and it's not insured," said Wood, who runs SubOceanic Sciences Canada in Duncan, B.C.

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1 comment:

24 Independent said...

I question this. Over at Irregular Times, they have a video of this supposed attack posted along with an audio commentary by a young kid who watches, and comments about how the octopus is "nice" and is just "swimming" :

The kid doesn't see an attack. Neither do I. This is just like the emperor's new clothes. People are told that they see an octopus attacking a sub, and so everyone agrees, even though there is no attack in the video, except for the octopus getting blasted away.

Really. Look at the video again.