Amazing Animals

By David Aspinall

A friendly octopus clung to a pair of divers, climbing up their legs and even holding on to their faces.

As Shane Brown and his friends took a dip in the crystal-clear waters off the west coast of Oahu, Hawaii, on June 5, they were joined by a new marine partner.

The clingy cephalopod first wrapped its tentacles around the legs of Sammy Heath, even allowing her to pet its head as it held on closely.

After suckering itself to the side of her goggles when Sammy dived, the octopus then moved on to the legs of Angel Chavez as she swam through the Pacific Ocean.

Shane said: “I was freaking out.

“It was supposed to just be a regular day but after my friend swam through the tunnel, the octopus jumped on her for a free ride.

“Once the dolphins arrived, the octopus seemed to hold on even tighter.

“It must have stayed swimming with us for at least 30 minutes.

“A couple of times the dolphins tried to eat it, so the second time they circled back to us we found the octopus a safe place on the reef to hide.”