We spent a whole dive and most of our air saving this octopus from what was bound to be a cruel fate.
The coconut octopus, also known as veined octopus, is born with the instinct to protect itself by creating a mobile home out of coconut or clam shells.
This particular individual however has been trapped by their instincts and have made a home out of a plastic cup they found underwater.
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.
We found this particular octopus at about 20 meters under the water, we tried for a long time to give it shells hoping that it would trade the shell. 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.
What a year we had this weekend:
Trump calls for impeaching Mitt Romney, because Mitt said something a little mean about him.
And Trump wants Nancy Pelosi impeached also. I wonder why….
Oh, and another whistleblower.
Trump has sold out our Kurdish allies to the Turks (and Putin)
The GOP members who have supported the Kurds are a bit confused as to why a raging, lying, lunatic who has turned against every friend and all allies that he has would do this:
The president sent five tweets about it, and the White House press secretary issued an official statement. https://t.co/6M7yeyIdnY
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) October 7, 2019
I don’t know all the details regarding President Trump’s decision in northern Syria. In process of setting up phone call with Secretary Pompeo.
If press reports are accurate this is a disaster in the making.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 7, 2019
And a judge just dismissed Trump’s attempt to block the release of his tax returns.
And I’m fairly certain I missed at least half a dozen other big stories. Happy Monday!
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 3, 2019
This is apparently going to be the play — repeat the impeachable offense out in the open and pretend that it’s a totally normal thing to do. https://t.co/slvx9fgCBx
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) October 3, 2019
I go off line for an hour and Trump is trying to collude with a whole new country.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 3, 2019
Trump, facing an impeachment inquiry over privately encouraging Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and his lawyer's dealings in the country, says on the South Lawn that both Ukraine and China should investigate the Bidens.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) October 3, 2019