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8-Foot Octopus Wrestles With Underwater Cameraman (Video)

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 07:07 AM

By Michael Mullins

An 8-foot octopus wrestled with an underwater cameraman off the California coast earlier in February and it was all caught on video.

When professional scuba and underwater photography instructors David Malvestuto, 34, and Warren Murray, 56, first came across the resting Giant Pacific octopus in Bluefish Cove in Carmel they initially believed it was a large rock until the massive sea creature reached out and attempted to take Murray's camera off him, Fox News reported.

The fear that followed wasn't apparently from how much damage the octopus could inflict on the diver's or their gear, but rather whether or not they could capture the encounter on tape.

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"I wasn't too worried. Generally they are not too interested in people. They'll just take off," Murray told the New York Daily News. "I was thinking he would take off as soon as I got close to it. When he wasn't moving, I was excited."

"I was thinking in the back of my mind (that) I wanted to capture as many pictures as I could," Murray added.

According to the professional diver, in their line of work many people talk about close encounters with large sea creatures during dives, but unless they're captured it on film, there's no way of verifying it ever happened.

"We can say we did all of these things but we made sure we had the video and pictures to prove it," Murray said.

As for the potential danger the Giant Pacific octopus posed considering its size, Murray said such animals rarely attack unless they feel threatened and are generally just curious of anything new that has entered their surroundings.

"I was a little concerned … but we both knew they are harmless," he said. "He was very cool and collected. I wanted to make sure nothing bad would happen."

Giant Pacific octopuses typically grow up to 16 feet in length and weigh up to 110 pounds, according to National Geographic. They are found along the coasts of the northern Pacific Ocean, from California to Japan and China.

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