Baby octopus thanks man for rescue

Imagine you’re an octopus.

You can’t talk or even emit sound.

So what would you do to show you’re grateful?

Being an octopus, you’re all limbs — eight tentacles in all. Would you show your gratitude by getting near and use a tentacle to touch your benefactor?

That’s what a tiny octopus did.

A man named Pei Yan Heng found an octopus stranded in the sand of Cyrene Reef, Singapore. He saves the octopus’s life by scooping it into a cup, then releasing the little creature into the water. The octopus takes some time to recover, then swims over to the man (who is many, many times bigger), and gently places a tentacle on the man’s foot to show its gratitude.

Here’s Heng’s account of what happened:

Cyrene Reef 2013

Released a stranded octopus that got stuck on the sand when the tide went out in the shallow water. After recovering, the octopus moved towards my left booties and placed one of its tentacles on my booties for some time before moving off.

Note how the octopus changed color (got darker) when it was touching the man’s foot (1:28 mark), and that it rested its tentacle on the man’s foot for a full 23 seconds.

The video on YouTube elicited two comments about similar experiences:

Marc Johnson: “I know of another person who had the same experience. She worked at the Monterey Bay aquarium and was releasing an octopus in the bay that they had held captive for several years. As she released it, it came over to her and put one tentacle on her arm and looked straight at her for a long moment before swimming off.”

Terranaut157: “I witnessed identical behaviour in January this year (2018). A rescued, similar size octopus was put back into the water by hand. It swam off and then came back to embrace with one tentacle the hand that freed it – as if to say thanks – and then swam off again.”

Octopuses are highly intelligent creatures. From Wikipedia:

Octopuses are highly intelligent; the extent of their intelligence and learning capability are not well defined.[89][90][91][92] Maze and problem-solving experiments have shown evidence of a memory system that can store both short- and long-term memory. It is not known precisely what contribution learning makes to adult octopus behaviour. Young octopuses learn nothing from their parents, as adults provide no parental care beyond tending to their eggs until the young octopuses hatch.[63]:75

In laboratory experiments, octopuses can be readily trained to distinguish between different shapes and patterns. They have been reported to practise observational learning,[93] although the validity of these findings is contested.[89][90] Octopuses have also been observed in what has been described as play: repeatedly releasing bottles or toys into a circular current in their aquariums and then catching them.[94] Octopuses often break out of their aquariums and sometimes into others in search of food.[86][95][96] They have even boarded fishing boats and opened holds to eat crabs.[91] The veined octopus collects discarded coconut shells, then uses them to build a shelter, an example of tool use.

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Alma
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Alma

What a rewarding experience!

DCG
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What an amazing experience!

Cornell
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Cornell

Octopus is delicious with Apple cider vinegar and celery.

Alma
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Alma

Suchi restaurant anybody?

William
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William

The one and only time I ate sushi I got violently ill. Word to the wise: never put anything in your mouth that’s not cooked

DCG
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Ditto.

I cannot handle the seaweed nor RAW fish. It’s all so disgusting to my stomach…

William
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William

The only time eating raw fish is acceptable is if you’re stranded on an island. Like Japan 🙂

Cornell
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Cornell

If you ever tried fresh blue fin tuna raw you would never want canned tuna again.

Cornell
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Cornell

If you’re in Japan you aren’t stranded and believe it or not the food there is higher quality then what we have here on average. I spent a few weeks in Honshu in the 90’s and found the food superb. Even the American fast food franchises like Burger King and KFC there tasted better then it is here. They have everything we have and more.

Cornell
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Cornell

More for me!

Cornell
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Cornell

I eat seaweed almost every day, lots of trace minerals in seaweed and it’s available in many flavors. The down side is that edible seaweed comes primarily from the Pacific and Japan is dumping all that radioactive water in the ocean so I’m going to have to give up eating the tasty low carb snack. Flavored seaweed is like potato chips without the carbohydrate and greasy oils. With the exception of Sumo wrestlers there aren’t any fat people in Japan.

William
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William

My comments were sarc-ish, most are unless otherwise indicated. I agree with you, the typical American diet is appalling nutrient-free frankenfood. This accounts in part for the preponderance of 4X purple-haired lardbags we see all around us. People are devolving in real time. My diet is heavy on vegetables preferably home grown. Going forward seeds are going to be a problem so I’m learning to save them. I’ll look into seaweed, you got me to thinking

Cornell
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Cornell

I’ve been eating raw fish for decades and it has never once made me sick. The only time I came down with fish poisoning was from a cooked lobster dish I got from an Italian restaurant in NY. If you eat bad fish it doesn’t matter if it’s cooked or not.

William
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William

When I first visted the Deep South I remember thinking, these people will eat anything. Just sayin’. Octopuses should be left alone IMO. Justice and kindness to all living things. Apple cider vinegar is very effective for treating gout. Octopus is not. Nor is celery. Again, just sayin’

William
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William

I never thought that octos were particularly cute or appealing, never thought much about them period. But for some reason when I read and watched this I teared up, filled with awe and wonder at the magnificence of God’s creation. A humble little octopus that was all love

andre
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andre

I did as well. It seems that the octopus is smarter and more gracious than many humans as well.

William
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William

When we factor in libs/leftists/dems, that’s a high jump over a very low hurdle

Truckjunkie
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Truckjunkie

That was awesome-Where did we get the idea that WE are the rulers of life on Earth? We are merely participants in the day to day struggles of ALL life.

William
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William

My friend, we get that idea from Genesis: Genesis 1:28 – And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. To say we are mere participants is to echo the conventional atheist/materialist narrative that humans are not exceptional, just another animal, highly evolved earthworms. But we are exceptional, made in God’s image. As such we are responsible for treating animals, all living things,… Read more »

Michael Garrison
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Michael Garrison

This story really tugs at my heart!!

Thank you, Father. Your Creations are AWESOME!!

And thanks to those people who shared these beautiful experiences!!

TrailDust
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All His creation speaks of His love! ♥️

chemtrailssuck
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chemtrailssuck

Truly wonderful. I don’t eat octopi, just squid. There was a humpback whale off the coast of California that was tangled in a net, and it “thanked” the divers who cut her out of it. Awesome story! 😀