It’s no secret that the ocean is full of plastic waste leaving the sea creatures to deal with the consequences.
A video recently captured shows scuba divers attempting to convince a baby octopus to switch ‘homes’ from a plastic cup to a couple of seashells.
Taken by Pall Sigurdsson, he and a few divers spent hours making sure their new friend found a suitable shell he can call home.
This little guy was a coconut (veined) octopus and they are known to instinctually protect themselves with shells and other natural objects found in the sea.
If there are no useful natural materials, they go for whatever they can find on the ocean bed such as clear plastic cups/containers.
This means the octopus is vulnerable due to being visible through the clear plastic, and also means the predator that eats the octopus will eat the plastic.
“We spent a whole dive and most of our air saving this octopus from what was bound to be a cruel fate,” says Sigurdsson.
“While a shell is a sturdy protection, a passing eel or flounder would probably swallow the cup with the octopus in it, most likely also killing the predator or weakening it to a point where it will be soon eaten by an even bigger fish.”