Salmon farmers in Canada rescued a bald eagle caught in the clutches of a large octopus off Vancouver Island last Monday.
The farmers were unsure whether they should intervene and ended up watching the interaction between the creatures for nearly five minutes.
One of the more fascinating and freakish conflicts this year comes via Canada's Vancouver Island, where a group of fisherman found a bald eagle who was being strangled by a pink octopus that it had earlier attempted to attack.
As one of his other crew members recorded, Illett grabbed a pole with a hook and wrested the eagle free of the octopus.
'I was able to just latch on to the octopus and give it a little tug, ' he said. "We weren't sure exactly how it was going to go down when I tested the pole". The video has garnered plenty of attention on social media.
Ilet said he's been working on the water for more than two decades, and though he's witnessed a number of memorable moments during that time, he says the December 2 encounter outranks them all. "At the end of the day both animals are alive and well and they went their separate ways and we feel pretty good about what we did".
Bald eagles were removed from the list of endangered and threatened species in 2007 by the U.S. However, they remain protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Lacey Act. But realizing the eagle was likely to drown, the crew finally made a decision to step in.
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