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Did giant octopus eat man swept out to sea ?

Posted on Monday, 9 March, 2015 | Comment icon 37 comments

Was Burke attacked and eaten by a big octopus ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Eistreter
Richard Shaw Burke had disappeared without a trace until scraps of his shirt turned up inside an octopus.
Burke had been out fishing for crayfish in the apparently calm waters along the west coast of Tasmania when a sudden wave knocked him off his boat and swept him out to sea.

A search party was soon organized and while rescuers spent several days scouring the coastline for any sign of him he was eventually declared lost. No trace of him could be found anywhere and his body was never recovered.

Fast forward 12 months and two young men had been fishing in the same region when they caught something large in their cray nets. Initially believing it to be an eel they were astonished to discover that what they'd caught was actually a huge octopus, the largest ever seen in the area.
Measuring over 12ft long and 3ft across, the enormous cephalopod was later cut open and a large piece of cloth discovered inside of its stomach. The cloth turned out to be a perfect match for the shirt that Richard Shaw Burke had been wearing when he disappeared 12 months earlier.

Could it be that the unfortunate fisherman come to his untimely end in the tentacles of this creature of the deep or did the octopus find and consume his body after he had drowned ?

To this day the mystery of exactly what happened to him remains unsolved.

Source: Weird Australia | Comments (37)

Tags: Giant Octopus, Australia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #28 Posted by Col. Kurtz on 10 March, 2015, 19:41
Maybe he drowned and sank to the bottom and the octopus just came upon it and ate it.
Comment icon #29 Posted by DaiGer on 10 March, 2015, 19:45
Well, if this octopus did nail this poor guy, then that's one nasty way to go.. Yeah. And I've watched too many hentai to know what he endured. poor fellow .
Comment icon #30 Posted by Junior Chubb on 11 March, 2015, 13:10
A friend of Helens maybe? Great story though, as are the other examples of man vs octopus in the article.
Comment icon #31 Posted by aria7 on 13 March, 2015, 9:24
terrifying !! one of my worst fears is being the supper of a giant 8 armed sea monster .
Comment icon #32 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin on 13 March, 2015, 10:58
Being eaten by anything would suck!
Comment icon #33 Posted by DaiGer on 13 March, 2015, 12:59
Being eaten by anything would suck! yes. especially when you're still alive
Comment icon #34 Posted by AstralHorus on 13 March, 2015, 19:16
Seems he got the just desserts for his fellow mollusks.
Comment icon #35 Posted by DaiGer on 14 March, 2015, 9:50
why does an octopus have tentacles? it has only eight of them right? it should be eightacles.
Comment icon #36 Posted by TridentAA on 14 March, 2015, 21:58
If the fishermans fallen into the water off the coast of Tasmainia (minus at least a 5x4mm wetsuit) the guy very possibly would have succumed to hyperthermia. With out a life jacket, if he was a Cray fisherman (Good chance he wouldnt have) Energy would have been sapped even faster to stay afloat in cold water. True Octopi will see you as food first. In deaper waters, they would be void of Man an their dangers to themselves. So would see little threat. Octopuss are actually pretty shy and timid, and wont exspose them selves unessorseraly. Tho, they are also exstreamly inteligent and have the ab... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by Skep B on 14 March, 2015, 22:02
Great, we've p***ed off Aquaman

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