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Diver persuades tiny octopus to trade his plastic cup for a shell

October 30th, 2020

The octopus is perhaps the greatest of the cephalopods.

They’re known for their striking anatomy – most notably, their eight boneless tentacles.

But did you know that they also have three hearts?

Some species can camouflage or even change their body shape to mimic other organisms!

Their flexible tentacles allow them to use all sorts of tools, oftentimes for shelter.

Octopi are also considered to be among the most intelligent creatures on Earth!

So what happens when an outgoing octopus and friendly diver meet?

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Pall Sigurdsson of Iceland and a team of divers recently had an unforgettable experience with a curious, plastic cup-covered octopus.

They grew to love the octopus so much that they helped it pick out a much-needed new home!

Friendships can form at the most unexpected times in the unlikeliest of places!

Sometimes, a simple gift is all it takes to start something beautiful.

Here, this is for you!

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YouTube/Pall Sigurdsson Source: YouTube/Pall Sigurdsson

Like countless other marine organisms, this octopus’s life has been altered by humanity’s negligence.

Humanity’s trashcan is another creature’s home!

Unfortunately, human waste is just a fact of life on the ocean floor. Pall explains the harsh reality of many modern aquatic ecosystems:

“There are good days, and there are bad days depending on ocean currents. Some days, you see so much trash that it is almost impossible to film sea creatures without also including trash.”

Don’t litter!

If other organisms could speak English, they would certainly tell you how rude it is!

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The trash makes it even harder to get unobstructed footage of the ocean.

Humankind’s litter can be found floating everywhere depending on local aquatic conditions. Pall Sigurdsson explains further,

“I try as hard as I can to make people see the ocean when it looks its best. Once I saw a family of anemone fish living next to a corroded battery. That was heartbreaking.”

We can do better!

And make sure to recycle!

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It’s actually kind of amazing that the octopus fits so well in the cup.

But a new, homier dwelling lies ahead.

Thankfully for this octopus, he has a great real estate agent.

Property can be hard to come by in the ocean. There are so many predators around!

The octopus scopes the offer.

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But this picky octopus isn’t that impressed.

It’s going to take a finer shell to separate this cephalopod from its home!

The divers are running out of air, but there’s still a little time to socialize with a friend on the ocean floor.

The octopus is great company, but something’s still off.

That plastic shell’s looking mighty tight!

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YouTube/Pall Sigurdsson Source: YouTube/Pall Sigurdsson

This octopus won’t settle for any old shell.

Pall returns from his shell scavenger hunt with another potential home.

The octopus sends out a tentacle as an act of appreciation.

I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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The octopus contemplates its options.

It’s grown fond of that plastic cup!

Unfortunately, the transparency can lead to increased vulnerability to predators.

Time to leave the cup behind!

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The octopus skates off with its new half-shell.

That’s one pleased cephalopod!

Don’t forget the other half!

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Pall helps the octopus complete its home renovation.

Here ya go, buddy.

This will serve you well in life!

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YouTube/Pall Sigurdsson Source: YouTube/Pall Sigurdsson

This octopus just went through a life-changing transition! Now, it has a new home!

The results are absolutely splendid!

Ty Pennington from Extreme Makeover Home Edition would be proud!

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Wow, what an exchange!

I wish this octopus nothing but success in life. I’m sure Pall agrees!

Hopefully, we as a species can limit our influence on the ocean. Seeing wildlife interact with trash is heartbreaking!

Have you heard the song Octopus’s Garden by The Beatles? It’s lowkey one of their best songs!

Anyway, what do you think of this octopus? We just witnessed the birth of an incredible new friendship!

Before you go, don’t forget to watch the entire incredible exchange in the video below!

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Source: Bored Panda, Bristol Aquarium, The Atlantic

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