Diver gives a new home to a baby octopus that once lived in a plastic cup

When Pal Sigurdsson and his friends embark on a diving expedition to Indonesia, little did they know they would be working as real estate agents for a tiny sea creature in desperate need of a new home.

Credit: Pal Sigurdsson

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While exploring the sea floor, Pal came across a baby coconut octopus that had taken refuge in a clear plastic cup. Seeing rubbish littering the underwater landscape was heartbreaking in itself, but Pal realized that this rubbish was directly endangering people’s lives. Not only did it fail to properly conceal the octopus, but any predator looking for an easy meal would likely end up eating the trophy.

To solve this problem, the small group got to work. They spent the rest of their dives searching the sea floor for a more suitable home, meticulously presenting various octopus shells until he found one to his liking. Time was running out during this unusually small research mission because the group’s air supply was quickly running out, but luckily the baby octopus ended up picking it up.

Here is the video of that meeting:

“Coconut octopuses are known to be very selective about the shells they choose. So we had to try many different shells before you found the ones that fit.” Pall explained on his social networks. The person who was lucky enough to encounter these benevolent divers is now safe, but unfortunately, he is not the only one facing the problem of pollution in his homeland.

“We tend to focus on plastic pollution because of the part that floats and is easy to see and understand how harmful it is. I spend a lot of time diving to the sea floor around the world and the amount of trash on the bottom is alarming” Pall said in an interview with our fellow animal media specialist The Dodo.

Credit: Pal Sigurdsson

In fact, every year, about 8 to 18 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans, endangering the lives of countless species. This massive pollution may easily seem abstract to many of us, but we hope that the story of this Indonesian octopus can truly lead to this problem that concerns us all.

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