“The bravest octopus in Geographe Bay” is how Australian geologist Lance Karlson described the mollusk he found while walking on the beach in Dunsborough, in southwest Australia. After witnessing the animal attacking a seagull, he and his two-year-old daughter entered the sea beast’s sights.
The case occurred on March 18 and spread around the world after Karlson published the video of the moment on his Instagram – the record totals almost 250 thousand views until this Saturday (3). In the post, the Australian reports that he came across the octopus again while taking a peek at an area where there were several crabs’ hooves. But this time, it hurt.
According to what he reported to the newspaper The New York Times, the attacks of the octopus with its tentacles reached the arm and the neck of the geologist. The water became cloudy and his glasses fogged up. Fortunately, the injury was not serious: there were only red marks on the skin.
As octopus expert Judit Pungor, a researcher at the University of Oregon (USA) explained to the American newspaper, these mollusks have no poison in the suction cups of their tentacles.
Peter Ulric Tse, who studies octopus cognition at Dartmouth College (USA), believes that the animal did not even try to attack Karlson, but only to get there. “Octopuses advance or fire the tentacle when they feel that a fish, another octopus or a human being is in their space. I think it is often a preventive aggression, designed to signal ‘don’t mess with me’, instead of aggression seriously aimed at harming the ‘invader’ ”, evaluated Tse to the The New York Times after watching the video.
Karlson agreed and told the newspaper that he does not intend to stop going to that beach. He even hopes that his video will not encourage people to stop liking the octopuses or mistreating them. He wants everyone to “give love to these beautiful creatures and not treat them with disdain”, as he declared to the publication.
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