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WATCH: Air Force or Navy? Octopus kicks eagle’s butt in video

PortandTerminal.com, December 12, 2019

Vancouver Island fish farmers rescue eagle from octopus

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA – An island bald eagle had to be rescued after being “submitted” in a Brazilian style jujitsu hold on Monday afternoon by a hungry octopus.

Workers at Mowi Canada West fish farm rescued the bird before it became McNuggets. Using a pole, the workers were able to hook the octopus off of the eagle for long enough to allow the bird to swim to shore.

“At first we just watched and we didn’t know if we should interfere because, you know, it’s Mother Nature,” said John Ilett, the man who was holding the pole in the rescue video.

In fairness to the eagle, it was a very large octopus. Ilett says it the largest that he’s ever seen in B.C. waters, and estimates that it measured four to four and a half feet long.

“It was a very cool situation,” said Ilett. “I’ve been out here 20 years and that’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.”

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