Heartwarming: That beautiful moment when diver convinced baby octopus to give up its plastic cup ‘home’

Image capture from YouTube | Pall Sigurdsson
  • Many b0dies of water have been polluted for a long time now
  • Underwater creatures even managed to live with this reality, just like a baby octopus that has been staying inside a plastic cup 
  • Luckily, a diver came across the baby octopus one day, and convinced it to let go of its plastic cup ‘home’

A lot of b0dies of water around the world have been polluted for a long time now — the reason why many underwater creatures have started to adopt to change and began living with this reality; just like a baby octopus that has been staying in a plastic cup since only God-knows-when.

Image capture from YouTube | Pall Sigurdsson

On YouTube, Pall Sigurdsson uploaded a video showing how they replaced the young octopus’ plastic cup “home”.

“We spent a whole dive and most of our air saving this octopus from what was bound to be a cruel fate. The coconut octopus, also known as veined octopus, is born with the instinct to protect itself by creating a mobile home out of coconut or clam shells. This particular individual, however, has been trapped by its instincts and made a home out of a plastic cup found underwater,” he wrote on the caption of the video he uploaded.

Sigurdsson said they got worried upon seeing the octopus in that condition because while a shell is a sturdy protection, a passing eel or flounder would probably swallow the cup with the octopus in it.

Convincing the octopus to give up its “home”, however, was never easy. In the video, one can see how the underwater animal keeps touching the shells presented to it, but always ends up going back to the plastic cup.

“We tried for a long time to give it shells….Coconut octopus are famous for being very picky about which shells they keep so we had to try with many different shells before it found one to be acceptable,” he shared. We sighed a breath of relief over this development.

Image capture from YouTube | Pall Sigurdsson

Here’s the video posted by Pall Sigurdsson:

Source: YouTube

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