Giant Pacific Octopus wrestles with diver's camera

At first, Warren Murray and David Malvestuto thought the object they were filming was a rock. But when it suddenly sprouted arms and latched onto the camera, they realized it was a 20-foot Giant Pacific Octopus.

This was bold behavior for an octopus. Malvestuto suspects it was as surprised to see them as they were to see it.

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"It's very rare to see that type of octopus in the 80 feet of water we were in." (Via WIBW)

Murray told the New York Daily News he suspects the octopus grabbed the camera because of the reflections from its lens.

"Generally, they are not too interested in people. I was thinking he would take off as soon as I got close to it. When he wasn't moving, I was excited."

Experts at the Monterey Bay Aquarium agree — telling KSBW divers are more likely to come across kelp and sea urchins than a curious octopus.

 "On a typical dive, it's very beautiful and zen-like, but you don't often come across an animal that impressive and unique in this bay."

After a few moments of mugging for the camera, the octopus let it go — so Murray and Malvestuto still have the pictures to go with their story.

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