Animals Video

WITH PIX AND VID

By Katy Gill


A hitchhiking octopus has given a deep sea diver an up close and personal hug, wrapping himself around the diver’s arm, hoping for a free ride to the surface.

Veteran diver Eric Desmet was diving off the French Riviera in Cannes, when he experienced the close encounter with the eight tentacled sea creature.

PICS BY ERIC DESMET / CATERS NEWS

In the footage,the octopus can be seen spreading itself out, before quickly wrapping its long tentacles around the diver’s arm and hitching a ride to the surface.

In the process, the sea creature also adapted to camouflage itself as the same colour as Eric’s arm.

Eric, 54, said: “I’ve done thousands of dives and had never encountered anything like this.”

Having reached the surface, it then took around a minute and a half before the marine creature inked and disappeared under a rock on the sea bed.

PICS BY ERIC DESMET / CATERS NEWS

Of the July, 2017 incident, Eric said: “When I initially saw the octopus on a rock planted on the sea bed, I dove down to try and capture a video of him.

“He must have been surprised to see me, and within seconds had wrapped himself around my arm.

“I needed to swim back up to the surface and take a breath, which he was happy to join me in doing.

“He was wrapped tightly around my arm but it didn’t hurt me at all.

“When I posted this online, everyone loved it.