Animals Video

By Katy Gill


A diver has saved a helpless octopus’ life, after swiftly removing a discarded fishing wire from the animal’s breathing funnel.

Eric Desmet, 55, was enjoying a nighttime dive in the French Riviera when he came across the trouble mollusk, which had a 31-inch (80cm) discarded fishing wire stuck in its funnel, the small tube that’s used to filter water through the creature’s body.

PICS BY ERIC DESMET / CATERS NEWS

It took three attempts for Eric to successfully pull the wire from the octopus’ funnel, as the freediver was cautious of cause as little discomfort to to the creature as possible.

The Frenchman undertook the rescue on July 4, 2018.

PICS BY ERIC DESMET / CATERS NEWS

In an attempt to join the every-growing global effort to protect the world’s waters from pollution, selfless Eric aims to pick litter out of the ocean every single day, no matter where he is located.

Eric said: “Whether the litter is floating in the ocean or wrapped around sea creatures, I witness it every single day and it makes me increasingly sad.”