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 Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular 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 comments on “Octopus Steals Food and Casually Wrestles Shark
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  2. 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.

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

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

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