My octopus gangsta

Arthur Greene

South African octopuses, it appears, are a lot nicer than their counterparts down under. 

This week, Australian geologist, Lance Karlson got into multiple skirmishes with an octopus prowling the shallows. 

This is very different to a story we published earlier this month about a loveable South African octopus which forged a beautiful friendship with filmmaker Craig Foster in Netflix’s My Octopus Friend.

One of the incidents with the Australian geologist was captured on video, showing the creature whipping the man with its tentacles.

In the seven-second clip, the bad-tempered animal readies itself before lashing out at the cameraman at lightning pace with a tentacle.

Karlson was on holiday at a Western Australian beach and was about to take a dip when he spotted what he thought was a stingray striking a seagull.

He told Australian news publication 7News that when he went closer with his two-year-old daughter, he saw the unmistakable outline of an octopus and he began filming the animal with his phone.

The creature came after him again and struck him on the arm, before whipping his neck and upper back, leaving stinging red welts.

“The octopus lashed out at us, which was a real shock,” Karlson told Reuters.

The angry animal even returned after Karlson had moved down the beach and entered the water again – but the octopus found him and struck him again.

“My goggles became fogged, the water was suddenly murky. I was shocked and confused,” he said.

Karlson, a former lifeguard, poured cola over the wounds.

He said he would usually treat sea animal stings with vinegar, but he only had cola which he poured over his injuries.

Picture source: Youtube

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