People are going crazy over plastic these days, hear what happened to one diver when he came across a little octopus!
We often come across animals stuck in the trash that people leave behind. Fortunately, there always will be willing people and organizations who take care of nature like 4ocean.com. We have an adorable sight here of such a scuba diver who helps the baby octopus.
More than 6.4 million tonnes of plastic trash are estimated to be floating in the oceans. The majority of the trash sinks to the bottom, while 5% stays on the surface and 15% floats away from the shore. Plastic makes up the majority of the trash in the oceans. We must all be aware of this and share the word. Let us now immerse ourselves in a lovely undersea story that arouses in us sentiments of compassion and love.
Video from Indonesia, Lembeh, shows one interesting situation where scuba diver Pall Sigurdsson tries to convince a small octopus to move from a plastic cup to a shell. This story will serve as a great example and reminder to us. It is nice to take care of our oceans and living creatures that live in the oceans.
Diver Pall Sigurdsson helps the baby octopus
Pall Sigurdsson is an engineer from Iceland. He enjoys filming the underwater world and animals while scuba diving. Pall often takes his friends on his adventures.
Talking to the famous website Bored Panda about meeting the little octopus, Sigurdsson stated: “This was our third dive that day, and we were all starting to get a little bit tired. My dive buddy sent me a hand signal indicating that he had found an octopus and asked me to come over for help.”
Diver helps the baby octopus, even when he almost ran out of oxygen
Pall continues: “I am no stranger to seeing octopi making homes out of trash. They are clever animals and use their environment to their advantage, and trash is a permanent part of their environment now,” continued Sigurdsson. “However the octopus with its soft tentacles did not know that this cup offers virtually no protection, and in a competitive environment like the ocean, this cup was a guaranteed death sentence.”
The friends decided to persuade the little friend to move. The effort eventually paid off and the little veined octopus left the plastic cup to everyone’s delight. Their diving air almost ran out but the task was successfully completed.
Of all the potential shells, this one was the most appropriate.
These octopuses are also known as coconut octopi. Because their instincts make them look for moving home. They often protect themselves with coconut and various shells.
Veined octopus often lacks the natural material to protect themselves. So they use what they find on the bottom of the sea. Which is very often garbage like plastic cups or various containers.
For an octopus, it is not possible to protect themselves in a plastic cup. What’s more, predators catch them even easier. These predators will eat a plastic cup along with the octopus.
This circle is still spinning because even a predator that eats an octopus in a plastic cup, can weaken or even die from pollution. As such, it becomes an easier prey for further food chains.
Garbage is a common occurrence in water and divers know it best. Underwater photographers too often have trouble taking those beautiful underwater images. Because currents of the sea attract a lot of garbage. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to capture the beautiful underwater life without trash.
Plastic is the largest polluter of the ocean. Often, people are not aware of the extent of water pollution. What we see on the surface is the smallest piece of the whole picture. Most garbage sinks to the bottom. Each of us can make a difference and reduce our water pollution.
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