Friday, 16 Apr 2021

Nail-biting moment octopus lunges at dad then wraps tentacles around his neck

This is the terrifying moment a huge octopus launched itself at a man moments before it wrapped its tentacles around his neck leaving him with a painful rash.

Geologist Lance Karlson was on a holiday with his family at a resort in Geographe Bay in Western Australia when he spotted a giant octopus near the beach as he was about to take a dip in the water.

Trying to capture the animal on camera, the 34-year-old took out his phone and started recording.

The clip, which was posted on March 19, shows the octopus approaching Lance near the shore in the crystal-clear water.

It stops moving and suddenly throws out its tentacles towards Lance.

"Oh, golly!" he says while holding his two-year-old daughter in his arms.

He later went into the water to explore a collection of crab shells and while swimming, felt another whip across his arm – followed by a more forceful sting across his neck and upper back.

Lance raced back to the shore and soon saw raised imprints of tentacles across his arm, neck and upper back.

Lance later shared a photo showing the red markings around his neck and assured everyone that he is okay.

He also wrote in the post: "The angriest octopus in Geographe Bay! After going after a seagull it then decided my daughter and I deserved a lashing!

"I later discovered its home amongst a crab graveyard, where it came after me again!"

Viewers were amazed and commented that it was a rare scene to have an octopus swimming in shallow waters.

One said he used to live in the same area but has "never seen one in such shallow waters".

A second wrote: "I'm so curious what it’s thinking! They are so smart, so there must have been a reason it was so grumpy."

Some joked the clip reminded them why they should stay out of the water in Australia.

"I was already hesitant with sharks and saltwater crocs… you have attacking octopus," a viewer penned. "I'm never going in the water again."

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