By Jamie Smith
This diver got into a real face-off with an octopus – as it tried to pull off her mask.
Marc Damant was diving with his wife Angela at one of their regular spots when an octopus emerged to play.
Taking in interest in her, the giant pacific octopus attached itself to Angela’s face and managed to dislodge her mask and regulator.
But after a brief scuffle, the shy marine creature quickly retreated into the rocks.
Marc was able to snap several amazing close-ups of the octopus as it came to satisfy its curiosity.
The pictures were taken by the veterinary clinic office manager at a diving site south of Port Alberni in British Columbia, Canada.
Marc said: “We have a local dive site 15 minutes from home that is a shore dive.
“We try to dive a couple of times a month and this site is one of our favourites. It offers a variety of species and has different creatures, depending on the time of year.
“We typically see giant pacific octopuses hiding in cracks, but sometimes we are lucky enough to see them and interact with them.
“I love the photos where a large octopus jumped out of a crack to interact with my wife and I love getting extreme close-up shots of them, so you can see the individual pigment sacks in the skin.
“Giant pacific octopuses are extremely strong so you always have to be careful when getting close to them.
“As the world’s largest invertebrates they can reach up to 10st in weight. Their arms can span up to 16ft.
“You can see in one of the pictures the octopus managed to dislodge my wife’s mask and get the tip of an arm behind her regulator.
“On every dive I hope I have taken the pictures I had planned but you have to be quick on your feet.
“Those octopuses in a crack are ones which usually retreat into their dens but the one that came out to greet us and play with us stayed for around 30 seconds.”