By Ellie Duncombe
A snooping diver met his match when a massive octopus got physical in an attempt to take his camera.
Professional diver with more than 5,000 dives under his belt, Vitaly Bazarov was filming a hiding octopus when it lunged out a tentacle and wrestled his camera to the ground.
Vitaly filmed the immersion into deep waters on a solo dive at 6 am during sunrise, in the Red Sea off Dahab, Egypt.
Vitaly said: “It was a big male, and very curious when I started work with the camera. He tried to take the camera from me.
“We had three rounds with the octopus and I realised that he is much stronger and more of a clever creature than I originally thought.
“The octopus was hunting along with the Krylatkami on the grass, at the depth of about 26 metres and when it saw me he hide into the amphora.
“One of my hobbies is taking underwater videos of various marine animals.
“The Red Sea is one of the best places for an underwater photographer, but to get the best shots it is important to dive alone.