Talk about wrong place, wrong time!
In Melbourne, Australia, the annual Spider Crab migration takes place from May to July, as they migrate towards Port Phillip Bay. As divers were exploring on February 25th, they noticed an unusual occurrence as the crabs began migrating months early! They had to start filming as they ran across a large group not following the others migrating…
The group was tearing apart an innocent octopus!
The poor guy didn’t stand a chance as he was ripped to shreds in a matter of seconds. Afterwards, they just keep migrating as if nothing had happened. Chiharu Shimowada, the diver who recorded the incident, said she had never seen anything like this before, even with 10 years of diving under her belt.
Crabs are usually scavengers, but theres no sure fire way to tell if the octopus was dead on arrival. If it wasn’t, its an interesting situation as crab are usually the ones being eaten by octopus. There was even an incident recently of an octopus coming out of the water to snatch up a crab and swallow it whole! Our best bet is to definitely not get in the way of thousands of migrating crab in the future.