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Octopus takes liking to sub off coast
Victoria Times ^ | 26 Jan 2006 | Sandra McCulloch

Posted on 01/26/2006 9:27:57 PM PST by Tyche

A giant Pacific octopus that attacked a remotely operated submarine off north Vancouver Island could have been senile or maybe just peckish, a marine biologist said Wednesday.

"Large male octopuses in the last part of their lives become senescent, or senile," said Jim Cosgrove of the Royal B.C. Museum. "They get to be like humans, doddering old fools that have inappropriate behaviours such as being out in the daytime," said Cosgrove, an expert in octopus behaviour.

The attack occurred Nov. 18, 2005, off Brooks Peninsula, on the northwest coast of the Island.

The submarine was 55 metres deep and Mike Wood was on a boat on the surface, guiding the submarine along the ocean floor looking for electronic receivers that detect salmon.

"I had the ROV [remote operated vehicle] with its manipulator claw attached on a ground rope. It took me two hours to find this particular receiver. The octopus came from the receiver direction about 30 to 50 feet."

The octopus anchored three tentacles on the same cable the vehicle was holding onto "and a fourth tentacle shot forward very fast and wrapped around my manipulator claw."

Wood immediately threw the sub into reverse and blasted the octopus with sand and debris from the ocean floor. The sub has about 50 kilograms of thrust "so it's quite powerful," Wood said.

In a video recording, the octopus whips its tentacles around as it tries to deal with the sub's counterattack.

"Eventually it releases the vehicle and it gets blasted off into the distance," said Wood.

The octopus was not injured, he said.

"It's unusual for something like this to happen, a giant Pacific octopus attacking an underwater robot," said Wood, suggesting this is probably the first time it has been recorded.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: marinebiology; octopus; senility; submarine
It was a ROV that it attacked. Not a Real Sub. Not like 20k Under the Sea type of critter. Very interesting though.

Octopus and Squids are real sneaky guys.

See also, Octopus kills sharks:

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1 posted on 01/26/2006 9:27:59 PM PST by Tyche
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To: Tyche
They get to be like humans, doddering old fools that have inappropriate behaviours such as being out in the daytime

The animal kingdom version of "Sheets" Byrd.

2 posted on 01/26/2006 9:33:30 PM PST by neodad (Rule Number 1: Be Armed)
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To: Tyche


...let's sue the octopus for sexual harrassment...


3 posted on 01/26/2006 9:38:47 PM PST by Tzimisce
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To: Tyche

"They get to be like humans, doddering old fools that have inappropriate behaviours .."

Oh, I see. Old octupi are just like Sen Robt (Sheetz) Bird and the Swimmer, doddering old fools with inappropriate behaviours.


4 posted on 01/26/2006 9:41:10 PM PST by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: Tyche
OMG He is talking about Kennedy, Byrd, and Schummer. Throw Reid in that mess.

These turds need fed to the hogs.
5 posted on 01/26/2006 9:41:21 PM PST by Tannerone
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To: Tyche
They get to be like humans, doddering old fools that have inappropriate behaviours such as being out in the daytime

Hey! Watch It Bub!
I resemble that remark!
LOL!

6 posted on 01/26/2006 9:44:37 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Rembrandt
Boyoboy, I guess I musta missed it somehow.

Stone truth, I've never seen an octopus on a ballot...

7 posted on 01/26/2006 9:54:30 PM PST by SAJ
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9 posted on 01/26/2006 10:12:33 PM PST by KneelBeforeZod (Someday a real rain will come and wipe this scum off the streets.)
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10 posted on 01/26/2006 10:13:35 PM PST by KneelBeforeZod (Someday a real rain will come and wipe this scum off the streets.)
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To: Tyche
"and a fourth tentacle shot forward very fast and wrapped around my manipulator claw."

BUMP!

11 posted on 01/26/2006 10:19:35 PM PST by endthematrix (None dare call it ISLAMOFACISM!)
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To: Tyche
The octopus was not injured, he said.

How do they know? Did they take it to Emergency?

12 posted on 01/26/2006 10:21:39 PM PST by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: Tyche

Octopii are wicked smart, from what I understand. They can be trained to open jars to get food simply by watching someone open the jar. They sneak on board fishing boats, break into the hold, open up the crab traps, and feast on crabs.


13 posted on 01/26/2006 10:23:21 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Gordongekko909

Octopi are very intelligent. The Oregon Coast Aquarium had an octopus in one of its tanks that did NOT like being there. It was red all of the time (octopi turn red when they're stressed or angry.) One day one of the staff came to work early in the morning...and found the octopus in the parking lot! It had climbed out of its tank, squeezed under the front door and tried to escape back to the ocean. They put the octopus back in his (her?) tank...only to get another surprise a time later, when another employee found it, again, slithering across the parking lot. This time they took the hint and released the frustrated animal back into the sea.


14 posted on 01/26/2006 10:45:34 PM PST by Calico Cat
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To: neodad
Maybe he wasn't an old octopus but just a drunk octopus like (hiccup)Ted Kennedy (Burp and fart).
15 posted on 01/26/2006 10:49:58 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: endthematrix
"and a fourth tentacle shot forward very fast and wrapped around my manipulator claw."

Sounds like one of those darn Japanese tentacle monsters.

16 posted on 01/26/2006 11:40:18 PM PST by elmer fudd
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To: Calico Cat

Yeah, maybe we shouldn't eat them anymore.

They're pretty smart. Last I heard was a comparison to dogs.


17 posted on 01/26/2006 11:46:26 PM PST by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: Gordongekko909

Yes, precisely.

They are also quite delicious too!!!


18 posted on 01/26/2006 11:47:51 PM PST by Emmet Fitzhume ("Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure." President Reagan)
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To: Calico Cat

Wow.

Have a link to the story?


19 posted on 01/26/2006 11:48:37 PM PST by Emmet Fitzhume ("Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure." President Reagan)
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To: Calico Cat
This time they took the hint and released the frustrated animal back into the sea.

That doesn't mean it doesn't still have the red a**. :-)

20 posted on 01/27/2006 2:52:21 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Tyche

Hmmmm.. I'm guessing it was probably a female octopus. After all, a submarine is long, hard, and filled with seamen!!


21 posted on 01/27/2006 7:28:17 AM PST by China Clipper
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To: kublia khan
Maybe he wasn't an old octopus but just a drunk octopus like (hiccup)Ted Kennedy

I Googled "The Aquaman Times", and ocean newspaper. According to their arcives, many years ago this octopus was involved in a crash of some sort where a pregnant female ended up on dry land and died. Seems the family has some clams and influence and had it swept under the reef...

22 posted on 01/27/2006 7:36:47 AM PST by 70times7 (An open mind is a cesspool of thought)
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To: 70times7

...Times", AN ocean...


23 posted on 01/27/2006 7:37:24 AM PST by 70times7 (An open mind is a cesspool of thought)
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To: elmer fudd

Could be Beelzeflubba looking for another intern..


24 posted on 01/27/2006 8:43:41 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Emmet Fitzhume; Calico Cat
I've heard octopus intelligence compared to housecats before. And I've known some smart housecats. Wily little things, they are.

But octopus is very tasty, all the same. Mmm. Octopus sushi. And since they only live for a max of five years anyway, what the hell.

25 posted on 01/27/2006 2:21:50 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Gordongekko909

I LOVE calamari.....gonna have some for dinner.


26 posted on 01/30/2006 2:39:27 PM PST by Feiny (Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.)
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To: feinswinesuksass

Calamari is squid. Squid =/= octopus.


27 posted on 01/30/2006 9:02:01 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Gordongekko909

Both are tasty..


28 posted on 01/30/2006 10:09:44 PM PST by Feiny (Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.)
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To: feinswinesuksass

Both are really tasty as sushi.


29 posted on 01/31/2006 1:50:01 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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