Posted by: John Kirk on January 29th, 2006
It was an event that truly that seemed to have leapt from the pages of an enthralling Jules Verne novel. Astonished members of a SubOceanic Sciences Canada team could hardly believe their eyes when a Seaeye Falcon remotely operated vehicle was attacked by a Pacific Giant Octopus (Octopus dofleini) off Vanocuver Island. The entire incident was caught on video and can be see here.
The Giant Pacific Octopus is not quite as large as a Jules Verne fantasy beast, but it can be lethal to divers as a result of its ability to smother divers. Fortunately the possibly hungry or senile beast attacked a submarine this time and not a human being.