Employees at the fish farm in Vancouver Island found these two fierce predators having a duel. Crews freed the bird from the clutches of the sea creature.
One day the employees at a fish farm heard a shrieks coming from the water on the north-western top of Vancouver Island and they decided to check out where this weird sound was coming from.
The employees had a great surprise when they arrived to the source of the bizarre sound. A giant Pacific octopus had wound its tentacles tightly around the eagle which was floating helplessly at the surface.
“At first we just watched and we didn’t know if we should interfere because, you know, it’s Mother Nature,” John Ilett, an employee at Mowi West Canada , told CTV News.
But realizing the eagle was likely to drown, the crew decided to intervene.
Since 2007 the US removed bald eagles from its list of endangered and threatened species but the bird still remains protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Lacey Act. As per MBTA, anyone that would harm one could face up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Ilett maneuvered a pike pole in the water to pull the octopus over to the boat. The crew managed to haul both aboard, disentangling the bird from the strong tentacles, before tossing the octopus back into the water.
“They’re quite wide in their prey choice,” she said, pointing to another recent incident on Vancouver Island where an octopus devoured a seagull. “If something is on the surface of the water, and the octopus is close to the surface of the water, it’s food.”