Video: Octopus kills shark


83 Responses to “Video: Octopus kills shark”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This video came about as a result of dead dog fish turning up in one of the large tanks in the Seattle aquarium a number of years ago. Apparently it took a few weeks and a long night watching the tank to figure out that an octopus, and not another aggressive dog fish, was causing the deaths. I have seen and fed 50+ lb octopuses at the aquarium on a regular basis as a volunteer, and I’ve seen much bigger octopuses while diving in the puget sound area. They are amazing creatures, beautiful, and clearly quite powerful as well.

    3 hearted creature, with copper based blood, color changing skin, that can squeeze its body through any size opening so long as its beak fits though…and we’re searching the heavens for aliens :D

  2. Anonymous says:

    Personally, I thought the narration was excellent. It’s interesting, not boring, that the supposed underdog won, and our preconceptions were killed like the shark.

    These are animals, and the octopus was probably having a really good time surviving.

    there’s the vocal minority of imbeciles who run around condemning anything they think is rude, even when that stuff is just normal personality. They ruin everything. They are why programming has to be dumbed down and boring.

  3. JoshuaZ says:

    The narration is obnoxious. It reminds of this SMBC:

  4. Anonymous says:

    my mind has been blown

  5. Cazart says:

    Shoddy narration. Just pure crap.

  6. Bevatron Repairman says:

    Annoying narration, yes. But it might have been from one of their kids’ programs. Why kids need that sort of narration, I don’t know, but that may be why.

    Also, that Octopus was freaking awesome.

  7. silkox says:

    In a class, I once dissected a spiny dogfish that was about 2.5 feet long. I don’t think they get much bigger than a few feet.

    Also, once while walking along railroad tracks by Puget Sound, we saw an octopus and it came up to play with us. I think fishermen had been feeding it, so it was probably actually begging, but it wrapped its tentacles around our wrists and let us pull it partway out of the water. Very cool.

    All this was long before I went to booming school. (OK, I promise I won’t do that again.)

  8. Gilbert Wham says:

    For those of us who want to feed the narrator to Mr Octopus there, listen to it with this instead:

    Much better.

  9. Underpants Gnome says:

    Wait, didn’t San Jose just eliminate Detroit from the playoffs?
    What video is next, a BlackHawk vs a Shark?

  10. 13tales says:

    I love Octopus. They are awesome.

    Also, yes, the narration? I demand an Attenborough chaser!

  11. Daedalus says:

    Horrible narration, but it was a cool fight!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Did she died?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Yargh, tis another National Geographic sea battle… They mounted a camera on a sea lion which then came across an octopus. I picked the wrong winner ->

  14. Daemon says:

    I remember hearing about this back when it first happened, though I didn’t get to see the video footage until now.

    Man, I love octopi. Their primary purpose in life seems to be surprising the hell out of biologists.

  15. thequickbrownfox says:

    Just you wait ’til sharks develop tentacles, then we’ve got some cephalopod payback!

  16. wylkyn says:

    I, for one, welcome our new cephalopod overlords.

  17. Anonymous says:

    What the … this narrator should be summarily tossed. There is just no place for this idiocy. Also, is that a NatGeo logo on this utter garbage? Christ, how the mighty have fallen. What a bleedin’ shame.

  18. SB-129 says:

    came here to comment on the shockingly dumb narration but it’s already been covered.

    Give me David Attenborough any day!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Well, there goes any chance of sleep this year.

  20. kevomatic says:

    When did Ira Flatow start narrating NatGeo stuff?

  21. damianpeterson says:

    If that was Attenborough the camera would start with his head and shoulders and waving arms, pan back further and further to reveal that he’s *in* the tank with both the octopus and the shark, he’d pause, the camera would pan down and the octopus would do his deed. All the while David would continue to narrate fending off the occasional tentacle.


  22. SamSam says:

    I was interested in the color change, but the color commentator didn’t mention it.

    Just before the octopus grabbed the shark, it looked like it was really pale. I assume it was matching its surroundings, and, indeed, the shark seemed to pass right over it without noticing it was there. (Poor sense of smell for a dogfish.)

    Then, as it was grabbing, it turned bright orange. What was the purpose of this? Did it just stop actively changing its color, and so turned back to its natural color? Or was it an emotional response or something?

  23. Anonymous says:

    This video inspired the most fantastic full sleeve tattoo, proudly worn by a good friend of mine.

  24. Mazoola says:

    What happens if you put a Uromastyx in the tank?
    Or Erica, for that matter?

  25. poolaka says:

    There’s always a bigger fish…or, non-fish in this case. A Cephalosomethingorotherthatisscaryandmakesmecrymyselftosleep

  26. RedShirt77 says:

    Sounds like the narrator is from “sunday Morning”
    He narrated a piece on birdwatching, than this, that piece on the yearly whistle competition.

    I think he has a handle Bar mustache.

  27. pato pal ur says:

    I LOVED that narrator, an amusing and memorable change from the typical super-serious presenter type.

    The one thing I thought was missing from this video was how long it took for the shark to die, and what the shark’s actual cause of death was.

    • Alazon says:

      AFAIK, shark (like most/all fish) have to keep moving in order to extract oxygen from the water around them. No movin’, no breathin’. Poor thing.

  28. Saint Fnordius says:

    Bring back the Rod Serling school of narration! His work on the Jaqcues Cousteau documentaries is the golden standard, and rightly so.

    Oh, and making the plural of “octopus” be “octopi”? If enough people do it, then that becomes the new rule. An allowed exception. Get over it, that’s how language works.

  29. alowishus says:

    Release the kraken!

  30. voiceofreason says:

    Someone asked about scale. Giant Pacific octo it ain’t.

    As mentioned above dogfish are small. Max 3 feet usually smaller.

  31. Anonymous says:

    That was interesting, but that Dog fish is a far cry from even a small reef shark. We used to catch those tiny gaffers in the northern waters. I’d rather tangle with it than the octopus any day. I’d wager a sea sponge might even defeat this little feller…I’ve personally had bigger bowel movements…too much info????

  32. toxonix says:

    I wish the octopus would kill that mother frisking narrator.

  33. abouttime says:

    Sorry to bust your bubble, but “octopi” is, according to the following reference, not the proper (to my surprise) or even Greek plural (so was that stuff about the third declension total BS?):

    1758, genus name of a type of eight-armed cephalopod mollusks, from Gk. oktopous “eight-footed,” from okto “eight” (see eight) + pous “foot.” Proper plural is octopodes, though octopuses probably works better in English. Octopi is from mistaken assumption that -us is the L. noun ending that takes -i in plural.
    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

  34. Anonymous says:

    hollywood already covered this rigorously

  35. Wingo says:

    I totally saw this movie! It stars Debbie Gibson and Lorenzo Llamas.

  36. skatanic says:

    I loved the video (octopi are amazing), but the narration was awful.

  37. hassenpfeffer says:

    Skeeved out. Flesh crawling to North Pole. Can’t sleep, octopus will crush me, can’t sleep, octopus will crush me…

  38. erratic says:

    let’s see what happens when we put the scriptwritter in the tank!

  39. Angstrom says:

    Conversation on “Greek words getting Latin pluralisation” begins in 3,2,1 …

    • Blaine says:


      You see, Angstrom, Octopus is a Greek word. Octopodes.

      If it was a second declension Latin word, it’d be Octopi. However, it is a third declension masculine Greek word. So it would just be Octopuses.

      Yay!!! I got to grammar nazi!!

      • doofus says:

        When using the subjunctive mood, the verb “to be” is “were” in the past tense: “If it were a second declension Latin word…”

        Let this stone fly unmolested from my grammatical glass house!

      • godisafiction says:

        Your last sentence no verb, grammar nazi.

    • dm10003 says:

      @angsrtom5: english grammar mixes word origins with contrasting usage all the time. it’s english. it’s usage. it’s not greek or latin. move on with your life.

  40. aelfscine says:

    Any way we can pass our undying hatred of the narrator on to NatGeo so he never works again?

  41. t3hmadhatter says:

    Reminds me why octopi are my favorite undersea meanies.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Looks like the hunter…

    ::puts on sunglasses::

    … just got hunted.


  43. Powell says:

    Dogfish… Not exactly JAWS is it.

  44. pignoli says:

    Good god why would you inflict this on anyone? I’m sure I’ve seen the footage elsewhere without the awful narration. Seriously: it’s everything that’s wrong with American natural history film making. Argh. I’ll be in the angry dome.

  45. joeyjoeyjoey says:

    I see the Romans are back fashion.

  46. joeyjoeyjoey says:

    I see the Romans are back in fashion.

  47. Church says:

    Octopussies are amazing.

    (Take that, language nazis!)

  48. silkox says:

    I live in Washington State, and Puget Sound has lots of both of these animals in it. It’s not like the octopus or its kinfolk had never seen a spiny dogfish before.

    Another surprising predation story: a friend of mine caught a scorpion a couple of years ago, and put a grasshopper in the jar to feed it. Note the vague use of the pronoun “it.” The next day all that was left of the scorpion was two tiny claws. She let the grasshopper go.

  49. Alan says:

    I was going to post about the narration, too, but two others beat me to it.

    Oh, what the hell.

    Where’s the baritone guy with the quiet, monotone scholarly narration? Why’d they find some sports color commentary wannabe? Next time, I’m watching it without the sound.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Hang on a second. This shark can grow to max of 2.5-3.3 feet, while this octopi can grow up to 7 feet. Where is teh contest?

  51. Michael Leddy says:

    I think boy v. pork and beans was scarier.

  52. ian_b says:

    Makes Oprah’s bit on ‘Life’ look good, and she’s the reason I had top stop watching the series.

  53. DarwinSurvivor says:

    1) find shark carcases in the tank
    2) keep adding sharks untill you witness one dissapear
    3) ???
    4) profit!

  54. Anonymous says:

    Years ago a version of this video came out, and it was narrated in the traditional National Geographic manner. This dork sounds like he’s working for Nickelodeon talking about the next person to be slimed.

  55. Blue says:

    Score one more commenter who just came here to slate the awful, infantile narration.

    How to ruin awesome natural history footage and reduce it to the level of USA’s Funniest Home Movies/You’ve Been Framed: pretend your audience are drooling idiots, or three years old.

    David Attenborough FTW!

  56. Pete-O says:

    Wow. Nat Geo is really not what is used to be.

    Compared to this narration, Bob Saget on America’s Funniest Home Video was freakin’ Shakespeare.

    • Anonymous says:

      “Wow. Nat Geo is really not what is used to be.”

      I blame Discovery and the watered-down fate of all Science to reality show transitions.

  57. Angela says:

    Yes, the octopus has now jumped the shark.

  58. Godfree says:

    LOL Angela!

  59. AlanJCastonguay says:

    For more information, please see Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus at

  60. Anonymous says:

    Don’t sharks start to drown when they stop moving? I imagine that simplified things for the octopus quite a bit. It just needed to hold on to the shark long enough for the shark to suffocate.

  61. El Zilcho says:

    You know what the worst thing is? The clip they use starting at 0:53 is re-used at 1:28 but mirrored L-R. They thought you’d be so busy whining about the cock-cheese narrator that you wouldn’t notice. Screw those clowns.

  62. Anonymous says:

    Yeah so, voiceover was crap.

    Octopus kicked ass, however.

  63. Ernunnos says:

    Have you seen this octopus? Because it is AWESOME.

  64. Ichabod says:

    Sorry the correct term would be OctopussyeIate.

  65. hubbledeej says:

    I happened to watch this with the sound off and obviously hadn’t yet read the comments here. So thanks, now I am laughing and imagining Don Cherry as narrator. Must go back & view with sound!

  66. RevEng says:

    Hell, Don Cherry’s narration would have been better than this guy. At least “Rock Em’, Sock Em’” is appropriate for a fish fight. Instead, we get some wise-cracker who thinks he’s building suspense, but is really just making a farce of the situation and distracting us from what we came to see: an octopus killing a freaking shark!

  67. Anonymous says:

    You know? When the octopus figures out which of the aquarium’s staff keeps putting sharks in the tank? There’s going to be … trouble.

  68. Ratdog says:

    That narration is why I get tired of US nature shows.

    They need someone like David Attenborough to get the job done right.

  69. John Greg says:

    Without the dreadful narration you really notice the several, I think over 12, recyclings of clips, with the most common trick being to reverse the left/right aspect. One of the clips was recycled I think 4 times. Sheesh. Lazy friggin’ film-makers.

    By-the-by, anyone know about the scale here? How big are those beasties?

    And where’s Mike Nelson in all this?

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