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‘It was giving me a hug’: A woman encounters a rare giant octopus

By Leyland Cecco

09 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

A woman diving off the coast of Canada came face to face with a giant octopus. It turned out to be a very affectionate creature. The Guardian reports.

For outsiders, scuba diving in the frigid waters of the northern Pacific can seem daunting: limbs quickly go numb without the right equipment, and unlike the sparkling blue of the tropics, the water has a gloomy, greenish tint.

But a recent viral encounter between a diver and an octopus has highlighted the particular magic of the sunken kelp forests off the coast of British Columbia.

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