Eagle v octopus: Canadians rescue bird locked in battle with giant mollusc

December 13, 2019 0 By HearthstoneYarns

A bald eagle on Canada’s west coast has learned that its eyes may be bigger than its stomach after it was nearly drowned by an octopus it tried to eat.

After hearing shrieks coming from the water on the north-western tip of Vancouver Island, employees at a fish farm investigating the noises happened upon a bird and cephalopod locked in battle.

The octopus, which had turned a deep crimson, had wound its tentacles tightly around the eagle, which was floating helplessly at the surface.

“At first we just watched and we didn’t know if we should interfere because, you know, it’s Mother Nature,” said John Ilett, an employee at Mowi West Canada, told CTV News.

But realizing the eagle was likely to drown, the crew ultimately decided to intervene.

Ilett maneuvered a pike pole in the water to pull the octopus over to the boat. The crew managed to haul both aboard, disentangling the bird from the strong tentacles, before tossing the octopus back into the water.

“That was amazing. Look at the size of this [expletive],” said one worker as the octopus hovered briefly at the surface.

“Holy [expletive],” another worker adds as the crew laughs in disbelief.

Workers said the octopus was the largest they had ever encountered, and probably measured more than four and a half feet across.

But much larger individuals lurk in the deeps: octopuses in the region – including the giant Pacific octopus – can grow to more than 25ft in diameter.

After the eagle was pried from its grasp, the octopus dove back into the depths, its colours subtly shifting from reddish to brown.

Click Here: liverpool mens jersey

The shaken eagle perched warily on a nearby log before flying off.

“It was a very cool situation,” said Ilett. “I’ve been out here 20 years and that’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.”