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Octopus attacks bald eagle in Canada and it was all caught on video

This week in drama that traverses both sea and sky, a live bald eagle was recently captured battling a live octopus off the coast of British Columbia — and, apparently, the octopus started it.

A group of fish farm workers near Northern Vancouver Island told CBC News this week that they spotted the fray late Monday afternoon, just as they were finishing up for the day.

The were in a boat at the time, and heard "a lot of screeching, a lot of splashing sounds" before noticing that a huge red octopus had wrapped its tentacles tightly around an eagle, immobilizing the majestic bird and all but securing its fate.

Fortunately for the eagle, the crew stepped in.

Aquaculturalist John Ilett told CBC in a piece published Wednesday that he and his colleagues (save for the one who was filming) brought the duelling duo in with a pike pole and "slowly peeled the octopus off" the bald eagle.

"That gave the eagle just enough time to break free and swim to shore," said Ilett. "At the end of the day, both animals are alive and went their separate way.

All's well that ends well, as they say — but the eagle will likely think twice the next time it swoops down to grab what it thinks might be prey from the ocean. That's octopus territory. Recognize.

Lead photo by

CBC British Columbia


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