A kayaking guide and a group of tourists witnessed an incredible life-and-death fight between a massive fur seal and a giant octopus in New Zealand earlier this week.
The NYPost reports,
The epic confrontation took place at South Bay, on New Zealand’s South Island, on June 20, the New Zealand Herald reports.
Conner Stapley, a guide with Kaikoura Kayaks, saw thrashing on the surface of the water and soon realized the large male seal was attacking the octopus. Stapley and the three tourists he was accompanying got front-row seats to the gruesome battle, which was won by the hungry seal.
Other groups from Kaikoura Kayaks have reportedly seen similar scraps, which can last up to 20 minutes.
Stapley recorded Tuesday’s grisly tussle on his iPhone, according to the Mirror. The 265-pound seal ripped the octopus apart leg by leg.
“This octopus had no chance really. Seals love eating them and will eat up to 15 pounds of octopus a day, around here it is a staple part of their diet,” Stapley said.