A Diver Convinces An Octopus To Abandon The Plastic Cup He Had Chosen As “Home”

The plastic waste scattered in the waters of our planet is now a problem, which we must all face. Everyone can help ensure that their waste does not harm the environment around us, and therefore does not harm ourselves. Realizing, with the help of meaningful images and stories, how serious the consequences of plastic pollution are, really makes us think.

What we are going to tell you is thus an exemplary episode, to say the least, which has as its protagonist a creature victim of human negligence and the damage that certain behaviors cause to the environment. Who is it? A small octopus which unfortunately found its “home” in a plastic cup.


image credit: Pall Sigurdsson/Youtube

This is what happened in Lembeh, Indonesia , where a group of divers saw the aquatic creature that would have risked its life if one of them had not intervened quickly and decisively. Pall Sigurdsson , that’s his name, couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the little octopus building a house from human waste.


image credit: Pall Sigurdsson/Youtube

Sometimes there are things we can hardly believe as long as we see them with our own eyes. Pall saw before him a sad and significant effect of plastic pollution in marine waters. The animal had found the clear glass and apparently believed it could find good shelter there .


image credit: Pall Sigurdsson/Youtube

The divers therefore immediately understood that they had to intervene, to save the octopus from certain death. With several shells in hand, they tried to convince the aquatic creature to “change houses”.


image credit: Pall Sigurdsson/Youtube

It was not easy and the rescue operation required almost all of the oxygen available to the divers, but in the end, the octopus gave up glass in favor of shells. These natural shells are certainly safer for him, as he would have been easy prey along with the plastic container, and both would have ended up in the stomachs of other creatures, creating a terrible noxious chain. “It’s not a rare thing,” Sigurdsson commented, “They are intelligent animals and they use what they find in the environment for their own benefit, and the waste is now part of their habitat.”


image credit: Pall Sigurdsson/Youtube

The story – filmed by divers and shared on the web – and the diver’s words certainly make us reflect on the state of the ecosystems that welcome us and the other “tenants” of the planet. We cannot think that we are the masters of the environment, and we have a responsibility to take concrete action so that the situation does not collapse completely.

source used : Pall Sigurdsson/Youtube

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