The octopus in this video is unlike any other octopus species, one reason being for its unusual hunting technique. Rather than pouncing on its prey from a distance like other octopus species, the larger Pacific striped octopus (shown in footage above) has a sneaky way of approaching and announcing its presence to its prey.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said marine biologist Roy Caldwell, a University of California, Berkeley, professor of integrative biology. “Octopuses typically pounce on their prey or poke around in holes until they find something. When this octopus sees a shrimp at a distance, it compresses itself and creeps up, extends an arm up and over the shrimp, touches it on the far side and either catches it or scares it into its other arms.”