Eaten By Octopus?

Discussion in 'Diving & Ceph Encounters' started by Clem, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. Clem

    Clem Architeuthis Supporter Registered

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    Okay, this is a weird one.

    Grant Keddie, Curator of Archaeology at the Royal British Columbia Museum, authored "Hunting the Devil," a paper for the Museum about the octopus hunting practices of BC's indigenous tribes. It's clear, authoritative and a very good read about an unfamiliar subject. Click here to read "Hunting the Devil." Keddie winds up the piece with a real corker, though:

    "Among the stories about octopuses, there is an interesting one that shows that they also were able to recognize a good protein source. The Victoria Daily Colonist of December 24, 1888 reports in "In the Grasp of a Devilfish" that the body of T. J. Hughes, who had "evidently drown," was found floating in Puget Sound "clasped in the embrace of a huge octopus."

    Has anyone ever heard of anything like this?

    Clem
     
  2. erich orser

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    Not until now. Perhaps the octopus was merely investigating the corpse? They are curious creatures...

    I saw a photograph in an issue of National Geographic that showed a GPO near Campbell River BC devouring the body of a dead dogfish. It's a fairly well-known picture; I've seen it reprinted a few times since. How stands the GPO on scavenging?
     
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    Iv seen the picture too...the giant octopus is red isn't it? It's been known that giant pacific octopuses can possibly hunt down live sharks in camleflauge fashion.
     
  4. Taollan

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    GPOs have been known to scavenge. They have been found eating dead salmon thrown off docks in the Pac NW
     

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