Divers spend hours persuading baby octopus to trade plastic cup for shell

It’s no secret that the ocean is full of plastic waste leave marine life to deal with the consequences.

A recently filmed video shows scuba divers trying to convince a baby octopus to move from a plastic cup to a few seashells.

Taken by Pall Sigurdsson, he and a few divers spent hours making sure their new friend found a suitable shell he could call home.

This little guy is a coconut (veined) octopus, and they are known to instinctively protect themselves with seashells and other natural objects found in the sea.

Without useful natural materials, they will go for anything they can find on the ocean bed, like clear plastic cups/containers.

This means that the octopus is vulnerable because it can be seen through the clear plastic, and it also means that predators that eat the octopus will eat the plastic.

“We spent the entire dive and most of our air saving this octopus from a grim fate,” Sigurdsson said.

“While the shell is a solid layer of protection, a passing eel or flounder would likely swallow the cup with the octopus in it, most likely kil.li.ng the predator or weakening it to the point where a larger fish will soon eat it.”

He went on to say, “This was our third dive that day, and we were all starting to get a little tired. My diving buddy sent me a hand signal indicating that he had found an octopus and asked me to come over for help.”

“It’s not unusual for me to see octopuses make their homes out of trash. They are intelligent animals and use the environment to their advantage, and trash is now a permanent part of their environment.

“However, the octopus with its soft tentacles didn’t know that this cup is virtually defenceless, and in a competitive environment like the ocean, this cup is a guaranteed de.at.h sentence.”

“There are good days, and bad days are depending on the ocean currents. Some days, you see so much trash that it’s nearly impossible to film marine creatures without also including trash. ”

“I try to do my best so that people can see the ocean when it looks its best. Once I saw a family of anemonefish living next to a corroded battery. It was heartbreaking,” Sigurdsson sighed.

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