A new video has captured a man's epic undersea battle — with a giant octopus.
A scuba diver, 56-year-old Warren Murray, and his diving buddy, 34-year-old David Malvestuto, were exploring a cove off Carmel, Calif., when they spotted an elusive 8-foot-long (2.4 meters) giant Pacific Octopus that blended in with the surroundings. Murray took out his camera to capture the rare sight when the undersea giant snaked a tentacle out, wrapped it around the camera, and tried to yank it away.
Murray managed to snap the flash, and the light-startled beast swam away. Malvestuto managed to capture the wrestling match on camera, reported The Jacksonville Observer. This type of octopus can grow to about 30 feet (9 m) with its tentacles extended, the Observer noted.
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