When Octopus Attacks.

Mike Wood's remote-controlled submarine was attacked by a giant Pacific octopus during a research dive.

"I go full reverse and blast him with all these seabed particles," said Wood, describing the attack shown in the video. "Finally, he lets go and disappears off into the gloom.

"It was desperation. It's a $200,000 machine, and it's not insured," said Wood, who runs SubOceanic Sciences Canada in Duncan, B.C.

http://sympatico.msn.cbc.ca/story/science/national/2006/01/27/octopus060127.html (via Collision Detection)

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I've got a copy of that video, along with my young son's audio commentary, up at Irregular Times:


Take a look at the video again. Does it really show an octopus attacking, or just a curious octopus that is then blasted away? My son's commentary on the video seems to indicate that this story is a lot of hype.

I am concerned that the television audience of this story is accepting what it is told that it is being shown, rather than what the video actually shows.
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