Regular visitors to this site are aware of my fascination for weird animal stories (as well as the desire to find ways of preparing these weird animals into delicious snacks). Here's a new one. Recently released video shows what is to believed to be the first documented attack of a submarine by an octopus.
It wasn't really a giant octopus though. Just a big one. And the submarine was quite small. A little remote-controlled one, to be exact. It's still pretty cool, though.
I mean, come on, the octopus was estimated to weigh 45kg., which converts to, by my guess, 86 million pounds! Or something.
At any rate, here's the best quote from the article:
"It's certainly a mature male from what I can see in the video," said Cosgrove. "Old octopuses become what we call senescent, or senile, reaching the end of their life. And sometimes their actions are very inappropriate."
Attacking subs may be an inappropriate action, but the octopus seems to be in decent shape; he seems like he has all his faculties. I think the guy is just being mean by calling him senile; he's still a little bitter about his submarine getting picked on. So let's wait until the octopus tries to brush his teeth with shaving cream before we talk about sending him to a home.
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