Octopus On Swimmers Back

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  1. SgS180

    SgS180 O. vulgaris Registered

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    Found this while surfing You Tube.

     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    More parasitic behavior :smile:
     
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    I wish she had been able to video the octo getting ON his back. What a neat adventure!
     
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    That was amazing. I'm with D. I wish I could have seen how it made it's way onto his back. I'm willing to bet the animal was captured at the bottom(looks about twenty feet or deeper), then taken to the surface and placed on his back. Being through that and so far from the bottom in clear open water like that, I'm sure the octopus felt that it was the safest to stay clung to the swimmer for protection from larger predators seeing as the swimmers were not hurting it. Just putting in my two cents.
     
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    SgS180 O. vulgaris Registered

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    You know the first thing I thought of when seeing this was the movie Aliens. Where's Ripley when you need her lol


    I agree with both you and D. It would have been great to see the Octo sneaking up and planting itself on the guys back. I'm sure his initial reaction would have been priceless!

    It wouldn't really surprise me either if this had been staged. The Octo didn't seem to be bothered, it probably enjoyed be chauffeured around lol
     
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    sorseress Colossal Squid Supporter

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    I'm just wondering how far from it's den the swimmer took it.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Sorseress,
    They are snorkeling but even with a tank, they would not have been able to take it farther than it would normally hunt.
     
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    I don't know about that D. It all depends on the person who's swimming and their skill and comfort level in the water. I my self am a professional diver, unless that animal has a range of half a mile or more, I could easily take it far from its den(with or without air tank).
     
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    SgS180 O. vulgaris Registered

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    So... what is the range of an Octopus? How far can it go from it's den before getting lost? This vid (around 1:05) talks about it to a certain extent, but does not get very detailed.
     
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    It all depends on the species. Obviously the larger the species, the larger the territory.
     

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