Shark vs. Octopus

Shark vs. Octopus

Here’s a giant Pacific octopus in an equally giant aquarium tank. Okay, that’s all great for mom and dad and the whole family who come to see the octopus except help, there are sharks in this tank as well. Sharks that are voracious predators and opportunistic feeders and that have been known to veer from their usual fishy diets to munch on an occasional octopus. These are spiny dogfish sharks. Did anybody ask the octopus about this; ah, no.

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What the aquarium folks are thinking is that the octopus can use its ability to camouflage itself for protection. And if that doesn’t work, it has the strength to fight off the shark or at least dash to the nearest hiding hole it can squeeze into. The aquarium folks soon realize what does happen when you put these sharks and octopi into the same tank, and you’re about to see it too if you’ve got the courage to keep looking, if only through you’re splayed fingers. The octopus, not in the habit of attacking sharks. The shark, sharp spines jutting out from its dorsal fins that can puncture anything that touches them. The octopus; can its powers of defense save it in such tight quarters? The shark, menacing on the prowl, just itching to use those rows of teeth to crush its next meal.
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I’ve got a feeling this real life version of jaws isn’t going to be pretty. And so the shark, the shark, boy am I glad I didn’t have a bet down on this match up. That’s right, this is what happened. The giant Pacific octopus as seen here in this amazing so close you feel like you might get squashed footage was making short work of the shark in the tank. Dogfish carcasses kept showing up at the bottom of the tank. What you’re seeing, this footage, was taken to see what was doing in these supposedly invincible predators. The aquarium staff learned something new about the octopi. There was a danger in the tank all right, but it was all to the sharks. That’s one way to defend yourself from a predator, eliminate them.