In the waters off Vancouver Island, a scuba diver exploring marine life experienced a once-in-a-lifetime encounter when a giant octopus wrapped itself around her head.
Natasha Dickinson was doing research with her diving partner, Jackie Hildering, off the coast of Port Hardy, B.C., when the pair got up close and personal with a giant Pacific octopus.
“It was fantastic, to actually be looking into her,” Dickinson recounted. “It was fantastic, to actually be looking into her,” Dickinson recounted.
Watching in awe, Hildering jumped into action and started snapping photos with her camera.
At first, Hildering was concerned for her diving buddy, but then saw that both Dickinson and the octopus were not afraid.
Hildering documented the encounter on her blog, The Marine Detective, in the hopes of educating people about the often misunderstood predator.