The ocean is full of mysterious creatures and interesting interactions, and nothing depicts that mystery better than a recent experience one man had with a stranded octopus!
Instead of leaving the beached octopus to pass away on the sand, the kind man scooped him up, waded into the ocean and released him back into the water. But it’s what happened next that going totally viral…
It all started when a man walking along the beach stumbled upon a tiny octopus that was gasping air and struggling to survive.
From the looks of things, it’s likely that the eight-legged creature had been hanging out in shallow water on the sandy beach, then was abandoned there when the tide rolled back out. The octopus became stuck in the sand until the man took notice and decided to help.
Recognizing that the octopus was clinging to life, the man took a clean plastic cup, filled it with water and gently scooped up the stranded octopus. Then he went into shallow water and tenderly scooched the octopus out of the cup and back into the ocean so as not to cause it any harm.
The man patiently stood there, watching it begin to creep itself back to its natural habitat – quite grateful that it had been saved. Within seconds, the octopus began breathing and wriggling around, blinking its big eyes.
But then the octopus did something shocking.
The itty bitty creature spread out its tentacles and scooched across the sandy ocean floor in the shallow water, creeping up to the man’s boot. Then, it placed two tentacles on his boot, almost as if to say, “Thank you for saving my life.”
The octopus stayed there for several seconds, rested its tentacles on the man’s foot, then pushed itself away and glided across the sand. Instead of fleeing back into the depths of the ocean, it remained nearby for almost an hour before heading out to deeper water.