By Luke Kenton
One ocean videographer captured a stunning interaction between a diver and an octopus in a scene reminiscent of the famous James Bond film “Octopussy.”
During an underwater filming session in Oahu, Hawaii, diver Jess Grubb, 29, found herself encumbered by an unlikely eight-legged hitchhiker, after a curious octopus attached itself to her side.
Documented by Shane Brown, the 26-year-old videographer spotted an octopus swimming close to Jess, and, hoping to film the pair swimming in tandem, he attempted to encourage the cephalopod towards her.
Sheparding it towards his diving partner’s side, incredibly, the curious octopus latches itself tightly around her hip instead, clinging on for the ride as Jess elegantly dives, spins and turns beneath the stunning azure north shore Hawaiian sea.
Pirouetting to the surface candescent in the sunlight above, the stunning scene resembles the opening sequence of the aptly named Bond film, “Octopussy,” which follows a similar visual arrangement.
Amazed at the footage he captured, shot on May 20, full-time photographer Shane said: “People always freak out at first [when an octopus touches them].
“You can feel all these little suction cups grabbing onto you – it feels like a weird massage.
“The whole encounter lasted about 30 minutes.
“We knew the octopus would get very tired from this experience – it was very important to put it back into a safe part of the reef where it could hide and rest.
“It was an amazing experience.”