Video Footage Shows Eagle Take On Octopus In Brutal Clash
This is the sight we've all waited for: one of the ocean's most majestic animals taking on one of one of the most noble creatures to soar across the sky. That's right, it's octopus versus eagle. Check it out in the clip below:
The clip shows a bald eagle off Canada's west coast deciding to swoop down to catch an octopus, which then proceeds to fight back. Hard.
I'm not sure where eagles and octopuses fall in the order of the food chain - which one would you have put your money on here?
Luckily for the the eagle, a group of salmon farmers were watching on and saved it just in time.
The crew had been on their way to their float house, just off Vancouver Island when they heard screeching in the water.
After looking at the commotion, one of the fishers, John Ilett, saw a 'full-sized eagle submerged in the water with a big giant octopus in the water trying to drag it down'.
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The giant Pacific octopus had wrapped its tentacles around the eagle which was floating at the surface, trying to kill it.
Speaking to CTV News, Ilett said: "At first we just watched and we didn't know if we should interfere because, you know, it's Mother Nature."
They watched the strange encounter for about five minutes but then decided to step in when the eagle was really struggling.
Ilett used a pole to drag the octopus towards the boat, where the crew helped him to get the creatures aboard.
He explained: "I was able to just latch on to the octopus and give it a little tug. It released its grip, which gave the eagle just enough time to get to shore.
"We weren't sure exactly how it was going to go down when I tested the pole."
The crew then managed to untangle the bird from the octopus, tentacle by tentacle. They then threw the octopus back in the water.
Ilet revealed to the news outlet that he had been working on the boats for more than 20 years. He said that he had witnessed quite a few memorable moments, but that the encounter topped them all.
He added: "It's moments like this why I love my job and being out in the environment where I can work and live. It's just amazing."
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