Nature & Environment
Fish farmers rescue eagle from giant octopus
By T.K. Randall
December 14, 2019 · 14 comments
The octopus had the eagle firmly in its grip. Image Credit: Facebook / Mowi Canada West
The struggling animals were recently encountered off the northwest tip of Canada's Vancouver Island.
The men had been returning to their float house last Monday when they became aware of a commotion in the water nearby and headed over to investigate.
They were shocked to discover a giant octopus attempting to drag a bald eagle under the water.
After initially keeping their distance in the interests of letting nature take its course, the group eventually decided to intervene to stop the bird from drowning.
They were ultimately successful in using a pole with a hook to separate the two animals.
"I was able to just latch on to the octopus and give it a little tug," said one of the farmers, John Ilett.
"It released its grip... which gave the eagle just enough time to get to shore. We weren't sure exactly how it was going to go down when I tested the pole."
"Am I at fault because I'm human and I felt compassion for the bird ?"
"At the end of the day both animals are alive and well and they went their separate ways and we feel pretty good about what we did."
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