Octopus versus B.C. mini-sub

Researchers studying salmon on the Brook Peninsula had their expensive remote controlled mini-sub which they were using in the study of our fishy friends, attacked by a giant Pacific octupus last November and they’re just starting to talk about it now, so horrifying was the experiance [cbc]. No one knows what caused the octopus to attack. “It could have been curious, could have been looking for a meal, could have been looking for a girlfriend,” said Jim Cosgrove of the Royal B.C. Museum.

If octopuses are thinking remote controlled submarines are girlfriend material then they’re either more sexually advanced than we thought, or deserve to be an endangered species (if they’re not already).

Sadly this isn’t quite as interesting as the video of an octopus attacking and killing a shark that’s been circulating on the net for the past few months [ch], it’s a harsh reminder that we should never go swiming while dressed as a mini-submarine or a shark. In fact it’s probably best not to go swiming at all in any body of water larger than a big bathtub.

2 Comments so far

  1. J. Clifford (unregistered) on January 29th, 2006 @ 6:59 am

    Is this really an attack? Take a look at the video again.

    Looks to me like it’s just a curious octopus. As soon as it touches the submarine with a tentacle, the sub operator blasts at it with the thrusters. Who attacked who?

    I asked my son, and added his audio commentary to the video, with the following results:

    http://irregulartimes.com/index.php/archives/2006/01/28/octopus-dofleini-attack/

    We should think about whether what we are told we are seeing is really what we are seeing. This story reminds of the old tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes.


  2. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on January 29th, 2006 @ 8:57 am

    I’m not sure if this is a case of the Emperor’s New Clothes. It’s more a case of an octopus attacking a remote controlled sub.

    Again I point to http://www.collegehumor.com/movies/fight/1606053/ which is good fun.



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