Photos showing a giant octopus gorging on a seagull have gone viral.
Ginger Morneau, who was out with her family on Mar. 24 at the Ogden Point breakwater, noticed the incident happening and quickly snapped some photos.
Morneau told the Vancouver Sun that when she first saw the bird, it looked like it was pecking at something underwater. She didn’t realize what was going on until she took a closer look and realized there was an octopus.
Four photos were taken during the last moments of the birds’ life.
Morneau said the seagull fought actively to free itself, but eventually drowned. The octopus then disappeared within moments with its prey.
Since the story spread all over the Internet this week, Morneau has been contacted by various media organizations.
Daniel Wuitchik, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre’s aquarist says it’s a rare occurrence, especially for it to be caught on camera, but definitely not the first time it’s happened.
“It is strange, it’s certainly rare, but it’s not necessarily unheard of,” he said. “Octopus are very opportunistic, they kind of eat what they can, and they’re also by far the most intelligent invertebrate out there.”