Octopus Steals Food and Casually Wrestles Shark

In the video above taken in False Bay, South Africa, a octopus simultaneously holds a shark at bay with one arm while simultaneously wrestling three zip ties of a baited canister.  There (see this) should be no doubt now that Mollusks have won.

Foiled by an octopus … from Lauren De Vos on Vimeo.

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

11 Replies to “Octopus Steals Food and Casually Wrestles Shark”

  1. Hi there – this video is from our research at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. We work together with the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) and are funded by the Save our Seas Foundation. The project aims to develop cost-effective monitoring for fish populations on the South African coast. The informatino will be used for conservation and fisheries management. Please visit our research blog at http://saveourseas.com/projects/bruvs_false_bay for more videos, information and visuals.

  2. With the editing and fast-framing, I would have appreciated a time stamp to let us know how much real time had elapsed.

  3. I enjoy ready on DeepSea so much. Wonderful vid. I highly doubt the Octopus cared what you called him.

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