Sigurdsson said he was concerned about the plastic’s effect on other wildlife, “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.”
“We found this particular octopus at about 20 meters under the water, we tried for a long time to give it shells hoping that it would trade the shell. Coconut octopus are famous for being very picky about which shells they keep so we had to try with many different shells before it found one to be acceptable,” he said. Coconut octopuses collect shells and coconuts found on the seafloor. They are small creatures, usually about six inches long.
The divers took video of the encounter, seen below:
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