Diver Persuades Baby Octopus to Leave Plastic Cup Home in Exchange for a Shell [VIDEO]

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Water pollution has been steadily on the rise with researchers estimating that 14 billion pounds of trash are dumped into the ocean yearly. This staggering number is only expected to increase unless we change course and begin respecting our waters. One diver encountered what water pollution does firsthand after he crossed paths with a baby octopus using a plastic cup as a home.

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The video took place in Lembeh, Indonesia, when a group of divers stumbled across the baby octopus. Pall Sigurdsson was diving when he saw the octopus crawl across the seabed with a cup as protection.

Not wanting him to get injured or killed, Sigurdsson started grabbing different sized seashells to persuade the little guy to leave his “home” for a new and improved one. Sigurdsson spoke with Bored Panda to explain how the events came to be.

“This was our third dive that day, and we were all starting to get a little bit tired. My dive buddy sent me a hand signal indicating that he had found an octopus and asked me to come over for help,” he said.

“I am no stranger to seeing octopi making homes out of trash. They are clever animals and use their environment to their advantage, and trash is a permanent part of their environment now,” continued Sigurdsson.

He added: “However the octopus with its soft tentacles did not know that this cup offers virtually no protection, and in a competitive environment like the ocean, this cup was a guaranteed death sentence.”

Ironically, the divers spent most of their oxygen and dive time helping the baby octopus to find a shell it approved of. In the end, the diver was able to transition the little one out the cup and into a nice snug seashell.

Sigurdsson wants to bring light to issues such as the pollution of the oceans. “I try as hard as I can to make people see the ocean when it looks its best. Once I saw a family of anemonefish living next to a corroded battery. That was heartbreaking.”

The oceans may not be cleaned overnight, but Sigurdsson is doing his part to help even if its one plastic cup at a time.