Kind Divers Spend Hours Helping an Octopus Trade a Plastic Cup for a Protective Shell

By Emma Taggart on October 18, 2019


It’s no secret that the ocean is becoming more and more contaminated with plastic waste. And while humans are to blame, it’s the sea creatures that have to cope with the consequences. In a recent video shot by diver Pall Sigurdsson, a tiny coconut octopus (aka veined octopus) swimming in the waters of Lembeh, Indonesia was captured taking shelter inside a disposable plastic cup.

Coconut Octopus Plastic Cup Video by Pall Sigurdsson

은신처를 잘못 찾은 코코넛 문어

   바다가 플라스틱 쓰레기로 점점 더 오염되고 있다는 것은 비밀이 아니다. 

그리고 인간이 책임을 져야 하지만, 그 결과에 대처해야 하는 것은 바다 생물들이다. 렘브 해역에서 헤엄치는 작은 코코넛 문어를 찍은 다이버 팰 시구르드슨은 최근 비디오에서 문어가 일회용 플라스틱 컵 안에 있는 것을 포착했다.

코코넛 문어는 본능적으로 자신을 보호하는 것으로 알려져 있지만, 이 특별한 생물은 슬프게도 가장 부자연스러운 장소에서 피난처를 찾았다. 하지만 다행히도, 시구르드슨과 그의 팀은 도움을 주기 위해 현장에 있었다. 그들은 새 친구가 집에 전화를 걸기에 적당한 껍질을 발견했는지 확인하기 위해 물속에서 몇 시간을 보냈다.

황기철 콘페이퍼 에디터 큐레이터

Ki Chul Hwang, conpaper editor, curator


via youtube

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The coconut octopus is known for instinctually protecting itself with shells and other natural items found under the sea, but this particular creature had sadly found refuge in the most unnatural of places. Luckily though, Sigurdsson and his team were on the scene to lend a hand. They spent hours under water to make sure their new friend found a suitable shell to call home.

“We spent a whole dive and most of our air saving this octopus from what was bound to be a cruel fate,” says Sigurdsson. “While a shell is a sturdy protection, a passing eel or flounder would probably swallow the cup with the octopus in it, most likely also killing the predator or weakening it to a point where it will be soon eaten by an even bigger fish.”


코코넛 껍질에 숨어 있는 코코넛문어/유튜브

edited by kcontents

The video shows how Sigurdsson and the other divers offered the octopus many shells, before it finally swapped out its plastic cup with the perfect one. “We tried for a long time to give it shells hoping that it would trade the shell,” he explains. “Coconut octopus are famous for being very picky about which shells they keep so we had to try with many different shells before it found one to be acceptable.”

Diver Pall Sigurdsson and his team helped this tiny coconut octopus trade his plastic cup for a the perfect protective shell.

Pall Sigurdsson: YouTube
h/t: [Laughing Squid]

All photos via Pall Sigurdsson.


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