If you’re going to steal food, don’t steal it from a hungry octopus. A banjo ray found that out the hard way. A bait the ray was munching on attracted a tentacled dinner guest.
In the recently posted YouTube clip, a ray enters from the right, but seems so preoccupied with the bait, it doesn’t notice the octopus coming in from the left until it’s completely covered. When the ray panics, the octopus tightens its grip. We’ll have to wait for part two to see its fate.
The bait and underwater camera was placed as part of a sampling project for an offshore artificial reef.