In the wild, the survival of the fittest is sometimes a graceful ballet of eat or be eaten – but it can often be horrifying for the earth’s most recent tenants, us, tenderfoot humans. Animal behavior both fascinates and frightens us, especially when it involves death.
In this particular instance, a tourist guide captured the terrifying fight to the finish between an oversized fur seal and a huge octopus. The encounter occurred in the middle of New Zealand’s South Bay with a lot of thrashing and flying animal bodies.
Kaikoura Kayaks guide Conner Stapley was minding his own business on the water on South Island, New Zealand recently while guiding three other kayakers when he saw a flock of seabirds flying over a spot in the water.
They soon witnessed violent splashing in the same area.
Quick-thinking Conner, not wanting to miss an aquatic phenomenon, immediately took out his iPhone to document whatever was happening right before his eyes.
They beheld a ferocious fight that left them gaping in wonder and horror.
An adult male fur seal, estimated to have weigh as much as 265 lbs. (116 kilograms), engaged in a dramatic wrestling match with an equally huge octopus.
“It was definitely one of the biggest octopuses I have ever seen.”
Conner soon realized the massive seal had set its sights on the octopus for its midday meal, and the battle for survival was on.
Apparently, the seal dove down to the depths and dragged the octopus up from the ocean floor for lunch. Octopi just happen to be seals’ favorite sashimi dish of choice, and the aquatic mammals can consume up to 7 kilograms of their tentacle food staple.
Gifted with front row seats to the gruesome combat, Conner and the three tourists gaped at the sight in front of them.
“It is quite rare to see something like this and rarer at this time of day – normally you would see New Zealand fur seals feeding in the evenings.”
At one point, the octopus threw itself in the air to escape but the determined seal was hungry and dove after it.
The dance of death.
The fight lasted a whole 20 minutes, with Conner filming the whole thing on his iPhone. In the end, the octopus was no match for the ravenous seal.
“The seal was shaking with its favorite chew toy.”
Eventually, the seal ripped the octopus’ tentacles apart in a gristly finish to a brutal fight-to-the-death.
Watch Conner’s video of the cruel combat here:
One thing is for certain, Conner and the three tourists witnessed an encounter they would not soon forget.
Cheetahs Are So Socially Awkward That Zoos Assign Them Their Own Emotional “Support Dogs”
They sure can learn a lot from the warm and friendly canines.
Dogs are man's best friends, but did you know they also make as great buddies for cheetahs? Our canine friends are instrumental in preserving and protecting the endangered cat both in captivity and in the wild.
For example, since the 1980s, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been assigning emotional support dogs to cheetahs that are part of the zoo's captive breeding program. Why is this necessary? Well, cheetahs are naturally shy, skittish, and socially awkward, and these are traits that cannot be bred out of them.
Dogs play a vital role in the conservation efforts for cheetahs.
Japanese Sniffing Dogs To Help Detect Stomach Cancer
Japan has started training their dogs to sniff out substances that signal the presence of stomach cancer.
How much do you love your dog? Will you love him more once you know that he can sniff out cancer and detect the deadly disease early on?
Apparently, Japan started training their dogs to detect a potentially fatal type of cancer - stomach cancer.
The dogs are taking part in a new research program. The residents of a small town in Kaneyama, with a population of just 6,000 in the Yamagata Prefecture, will send frozen urine samples to Nippon Medical School. There, trained dogs will smell and detect if any of the urines contain signals of a possible stomach cancer.
Introducing Martha, The World’s Ugliest Dog
Martha and her expansive, flapping cheeks won the hearts of the crowd in the 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.
The cutest and most beautiful are not always the trend, especially in this search for the world’s ugliest dog. A Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha dominated the stage in the 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif.
The 3-year-old, 125-pound dog was the audience favorite early on. But Martha couldn’t care less, a report from the Associated Press revealed she was often seen plopping down on stage when she was supposed to be showing off some tricks.
Martha’s winning feature was her expansive cheeks, which flaps like wings when she shakes her head.
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