teeth vs. tentacles

You’ve got to check out this absolutely astonishing footage (via Metafilter) of a giant octopus attacking a shark. (It’s even better than that Novak footage I linked to last week.) You have to wonder, however, just how it went down. Did the filmmakers just happen to be there when the attack took place? As it looks as though they’re following both the shark and the octopus individually right up to the point of attack, my guess is that it’s a setup — an animal snuff film. That makes me sad though… I’d rather think that they caught the killing as it happened, by chance, and all the footage of the shark prior to the attack was just done after the fact, with a reenactor.

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  1. terry
    Posted August 8, 2005 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    That’s pretty amazing especially since I would have put money on the shark. I guess they just put 2 and 2 together as the octopus was probably the prime suspect in this aquatic murder mystery. I seem to be coming across all kinds of interesting video clips this week. Has anyone else seen the trailer for the Sarah Silverman movie Jesus Is Magic? Fair warning, some people will find it offensive but I think she’s pretty sharp as stand-up comics go.

  2. chris
    Posted August 8, 2005 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    she’s always bugged the shit out of me in part because she is not funny, and takes the easy way out in humor. ie-she just doesn’t give it much thought.

    It reminds me of the time we breifly lived in LA, and we saw Pauli SHore walking down the street by Mann’s Chinese theater. I turn to my friend and say, “Hey, isn’t that Pauly Shore?”. My friend says,”Yeah”. At which point Pauli assumes he is about to be accosted by fans. Instead, my friend goes, “I’ve always hated that fucker”. To which I replied, “Yeah, me too…let’s kick his ass!”.

    Of course, we half heartedly gave chase. I am glad i never caught up with him because I am not sure that we wouldn’t have kicked him in the neck. Sarah Silverman on the other hand…I just wouldn’t hesitate.

  3. chris
    Posted August 8, 2005 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    but yeah the shark octopus thing was cool, I just wished they wold have put like a ruler or a beer can next to it to give us some kind of perspective. I’ll be in Seattle next week and I’ll check out the murdering invertebrate.

    But was it worth the real player download? Not sure.

  4. Posted August 9, 2005 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Ha! Ditto on the RealPlayer download!

    The video was pretty spectacular, but I coulda done without the cheesey sound effects. Sounds like they were trying to evoke that stereotypic human sacrifice in South America vibe.

  5. anonymatt
    Posted August 9, 2005 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    You don’t have to wonder how it went down. The narration clearly states that this took place in an aquarium tank. Don’t know why you didn’t catch that, Mark, but I’d speculate it’s related to your poor reading comprehension.

    So yes, it was a setup. But they probably feed other live fish to the octopus and other aquarium denizens daily and don’t film it.

    Octopuses are very intelligent predators, it’s not surprising one could catch and eat a shark that’s smaller than the octopus. (It looked like a 3-4 foot shark to me.)

  6. Teddy Glass
    Posted August 9, 2005 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    According to my calculations, the shark was 28 feet long.

  7. Dick Cheney's Extending Taint
    Posted August 9, 2005 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Let’s put Paulie Shore in the tank and see what happens.

  8. Tony Buttons
    Posted August 9, 2005 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I have a new game in mind. It’s like Rock, Paper, Scisors. It’s called Teeth, Tentacles, Taint. I think it’s really got potential.

  9. mark
    Posted August 9, 2005 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Does Taint cover Tentacles?
    Do Teeth cut Taint?
    I need to know more, Tony.

  10. mark
    Posted August 9, 2005 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    As for putting Paulie Shore in the tank, I think he’d welcome the attention at this point in his career… Shall we draft a letter together?

  11. Brian
    Posted October 18, 2005 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    This video is still totally fucked up.

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