Watch a Huge Octopus Steal a Photographer’s Equipment and Refuse to Let Go

Written by Katie Melynn Wood
Updated: October 18, 2023
Share on:

While this diver may have been used to being up close and personal with ocean life, he probably wasn’t ready for an octopus to jump and try to take his job!

The amazing footage shows a large octopus grabbing ahold of a man and his camera equipment. The diver has all of his gear on and is holding a large camera rig. Fortunately, he is following one of the cardinal rules of diving, and that is to always have another person diving with you. In this case, the buddy diver is able to capture the once-in-a-lifetime encounter on his own video equipment.

Watch the Thrilling Video Below!

Progression of an Attack

The octopus begins by wrapping one long tentacle around the diver’s wrist. The diver is holding a large camera with lights and other equipment in one hand and is unable to remove the octopus before it gets two more tentacles around his shoulders. The man moves his head back and forth and wriggles his shoulders, trying to dislodge the octopus. When that doesn’t work, he uses his free hand to pull the tentacles away from his face. He manages to remove one from his shoulder, but the octopus moves them up to the top of his head. The diver gets free of the tentacles wrapped around him and gives his buddy diver a thumbs up.

599 People Couldn't Ace This Quiz

Think You Can?

Now octopus-free, the diver turns to address the tentacles that are on his camera rig. He uses the same tactics, moving rapidly from one tentacle to the other to keep the octopus from getting a firm grip. The diver pushes upward, trying to get away from the octopus. Unfortunately, the octopus already has enough of a grasp to just go along for the ride.

Still having a firm grasp on the camera, the octopus tries to pull away, using its body motion to push itself through the water. Does it think that it can do a better job of capturing the immensity of the open ocean on film? The diver isn’t about to let the octopus swim away with the expensive rig, however. He pushes it up to disorient the octopus, grabbing the camera as it comes back down. At this point, the video ends, and we are left wondering if the octopus did make its dreams of being a photographer come true. The more likely story is that the buddy diver intervened to help get the camera back, and the octopus went on its way.

Common Octopus

An octopus will utilize its tentacles to explore and grasp hold of potential threats and predators.

©Henner Damke/

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Andrea Izzotti/

Share on:
About the Author

Katie is a freelance writer and teaching artist specializing in home, lifestyle, and family topics. Her work has appeared in At Ease Magazine, PEOPLE, and The Spruce, among others. When she is not writing, Katie teaches creative writing with the Apex Arts Magnet Program in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. You can follow Katie @katiemelynnwriter.

Thank you for reading! Have some feedback for us? Contact the AZ Animals editorial team.