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Woman's video of accidentally catching giant octopus is giving people nightmares

Claire Reid

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Woman's video of accidentally catching giant octopus is giving people nightmares

Featured Image Credit: @brookesirah / TikTok

People have been left horrified after a woman caught ‘the Kraken’ while out fishing in Canada.

Brooke Sattar, from Vancouver Island, was out fishing with some pals at the Alberni Inlet recently, when she started to pull in a particularly heavy prawn trap.

Naturally, Sattar initially assumed this meant the trap had done its job and was full of prawns, but as she pulled it out of the water, she soon realised it was actually a huge octopus - believed to be a northern giant Pacific octopus, the ‘largest, longest-lived octopus species’, according to Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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Sattar also managed to capture the whole thing on camera after whipping out her phone to record the big reveal.

In the clip, one of her crewmates can be heard saying: “Holy - you’re kidding! That is so huge!”

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While another voice asks: “Wanna take him? I’ve never seen one this big. Holy sh*t!”

Someone else says: “That’s a big octopus. I wanna eat it, but I don’t know how to get it.”

Speaking to Global News, Sattar said: “We pulled up a big octopus. It held on for two or three minutes, it wasn’t long at all and then it just let go and swam away.”

However, she said the short encounter actually felt a lot longer, adding: “It did not feel like three minutes but then I looked at my video and thought ‘oh that was only a 20-second video’.”

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Brooke Sattar caught the giant octopus on camera. Credit: TikTok/@brookesirah
Brooke Sattar caught the giant octopus on camera. Credit: TikTok/@brookesirah

Sattar decided to share her video online, where it’s since racked up more than 40 million views, and left fellow TikTok users terrified.

One person said: “The stuff of nightmares. My single biggest fear.”

Another commented: “ever in my life I will go to that deep part of the ocean”

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Someone else wrote: “That would scare me more than a shark.”

While a third joked: “That ain't no octopus that's a baby kraken.”

Sattar told the news outlet that she’s delighted that she could share the unusual clip with so many people across the world.

A giant Pacific octopus ‘inking’. Credit: Jeff Rotman / Alamy Stock Photo
A giant Pacific octopus ‘inking’. Credit: Jeff Rotman / Alamy Stock Photo
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“I think it’s pretty awesome that I was able to share this experience with so many people around the world because you don’t see it every day,” she said.

“I love ocean life so I was very excited and surprised.”

The northern giant Pacific octopus usually grows to around five metres in length and 20 to 50 kilograms, but the largest ever to be recorded came in at a whopping 9.1 metres long and weighed 272kg.

Topics: News, Canada, Animals, TikTok, Viral

Claire Reid
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