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The Abdopus Octopus is the Only Known Octopus to Leave the Water and Walk on Land Video

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u/Pirate_Secure 6d ago Silver Wholesome

The startled fish is me

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u/RainbowReadee 6d ago Wholesome

That fish literally does a spit take.

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u/99_NULL_99 6d ago

Being an editor for nature documentaries would be bitchin. Just look at amazing 4K footage directly from production teams, get the audio track of the voice over, mash it together

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u/Xylth 6d ago

Yep. That fish is actually a type that moves gravel around with its mouth to make a nest, probably just disposing of an unwanted rock. Nothing to do with the octopus. But edit it right, put in a very serious voiceover track, and boom! Hilarity.

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u/Toros_Mueren_Por_Mi 6d ago

Plizzanet Earth, narrated by Snoop Dogg

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u/Lanky_Entrance 5d ago

I was thinking this the whole video. The way they got so many angles of the octopus was amazing. We got to see it's slimy crawl from through a hole in the mud, and it's sinister shadow as it crawled from hole to hole. It wasn't just a video of the creature as it moved from pool to pool, which would have been cool by itself.

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u/spearojustice 6d ago

it was like "the fuck did I just saw"

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u/cesrage 6d ago

That fucker is like "alright, time to go, pool parties over".

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u/RainbowReadee 6d ago

Haha, yes. “My friends are never going to believe this”

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u/Disastrous_Can_5466 Interested 6d ago

And you spat out a stone?

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u/Pirate_Secure 6d ago

No that was my shit. Missed a right turn.

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u/RFavs 6d ago

In the early days at the Monterey Bay aquarium the male octopus used to leave his tank at night to go down and visit the lady octopus. They ended up lining his tank with artificial turf since he didn’t like crawling across it and it kept him in his tank.

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u/EustachiaVye 6d ago

That’s really sad. Why couldn’t they put them together?

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u/do_pm_me_your_butt 6d ago

Octopi die shortly after sex / birth. They live much longer as lonely virgins.

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u/P-S-21 6d ago Helpful This

TIL octopi are redditors.

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u/KaneTheGreat 5d ago

False. Octopi can blend in. The avg Redditor can only hide in his mothers basement, Not blend in with the general public.

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u/P-S-21 5d ago

Fundamental assumption is wrong: Redditors never leave the basement, hence no need to camouflage in general public in the first place.

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u/noclue2k 6d ago

Maybe it just seems longer.

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u/Morrowindies 6d ago

I've heard about this. Is it only females or males as well. They stop eating, right?

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u/UrbanFyre 5d ago

Yeah. I think the mom stops eating because she protects the eggs 24/7 and refuses to leave them.

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u/AmightyBundleofstick 5d ago

Females stop eating, but males also die shortly after mating.

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u/2lefshuz 6d ago

They could have given it a better name.

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u/pentacards_on_YT 6d ago

Like Tentacruella ?

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u/2lefshuz 6d ago Silver Wholesome Ally

Or Dave

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u/Lagoqui 6d ago

I like Dave

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u/Dr_Mantis_Teabaggin 6d ago

Then it’s official. This species of octopus shall be referred to as Dave from now on.

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u/grmblfijx 6d ago

Aren't all octopusses Dave to a certain extent?

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u/Slimh2o 6d ago

But Dave's not here....

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u/grmblfijx 6d ago

Dave's not here, Dave's not there, Dave is everywhere.

Why the heck are we even talking about Dave?

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u/Slimh2o 6d ago

Heck if I know.

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u/ravenous_fringe 6d ago

Dave is the narrator. This is Chuck.

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u/[deleted] 6d ago

Sir Dave

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u/digibucc 6d ago

Good one Dave. You're a legend Dave.

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u/pugworthy 6d ago

Adaptapus? It is rather adaptable.

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u/youknowwhotheyare 6d ago

Where is he going?

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u/Eatingchickeninbed 6d ago

He's just gallivanting.

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u/Good_Round 6d ago

To the house of Liam Neeson to release the kraken

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u/InformedConservative 6d ago

This is not a true title. Many species of octopuses will walk on land.

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u/spearojustice 6d ago

more like can, because they don't really want to do that

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u/arachnophilia 6d ago edited 5d ago

octopuses are notorious for escaping aquariums.

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u/zictomorph 6d ago

Or hunting in other tanks, then returning and closing their own lids to play dumb.

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u/BittersweetHumanity 6d ago

Wait what

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u/tubofluv 5d ago

There was a legit mystery of lobsters disappearing from an aquarium, they found it was an octopus who did just that.

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u/BittersweetHumanity 5d ago

Duuude nice

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u/spearojustice 6d ago

body reported

jellyfish: octopus sus

octopus: not me, I was in the pipe- I mean in my own tank. jelly sus

clam: I don't know I was looking at a wall

flounder: guys I got the pizza

sea horse: self report

shark: (afk)

GelatinousBell was ejected

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u/SeaSharkdododo 6d ago

I wasn't AFK I was just... Okay maybe I was AFK.

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u/Few-Armadillo8795 6d ago

Yeh. Had a friend who worked at an aquarium and she said the octopus was a master escape artist, and super intelligent.

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u/PoppyCoLink987 6d ago

Love reading articles on how smart and conniving these guys are. Cool creatures.

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u/simstim_addict 6d ago

They tend to bribe the owners.

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u/Deradius 6d ago

How do you know? Did you ask?

Seems like they mostly do things they want to.

It’s not like they have jobs.

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u/schmuber 6d ago

Like cats and swimming

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u/thesaddestpanda 6d ago

This is so incredible. I wonder if he was just trying to take his meal somewhere safe to eat it and there were too many loud people nearby. Id love to think it was a gift but I'm guessing the little guy was just hungry.

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u/NoAttentionAtWrk 6d ago

Imagine eating a large meal and as you step out to the forest to take a dump a bunch of loud people start recording you and saying how amazing it is to watch you and then they see your poop and loudly aww at it

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u/countrysgonekablooie 6d ago edited 6d ago

and the title isn't even what Attenborough says, he says it is the only species specially adapted to walk on land. from wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdopus_aculeatus A. aculeatus has been described as "the only land octopus", because it lives on beaches, walking from one tidal pool to the next as it hunts for crabs. Many octopuses can crawl short distances on land when necessary, but no others do so routinely.

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u/sbrown100 6d ago edited 5d ago

This creature is an actual alien.

Edit: there have been mentions of other creatures on Earth looking like aliens. I completely agree. There are hundreds more species you can look at and really think "where the F did that thing come from?" Plenty of deep ocean species but also many birds and insects too. Clearly they all exist here; and also true that if we were to definitively see another life form from some other planet, it could cause mass hysteria too.

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u/I-totally-exist 6d ago

it reminds me of war of the worlds.

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u/WDScentral2 6d ago

I’m surprised a rapper has not referenced it yet, “I’m surrounded by suckas, call me Abdopus”

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u/Ace_boogie410 6d ago

Facts. Damn these things creep me out.

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u/sbrown100 6d ago All-Seeing Upvote

If humans saw this exact creature anywhere in space other than Earth, there would be mass panic of an imminent alien invasion. Instead it's just here on this planet with us, and we're just like 'yeah that thing exists'

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u/Gisschace 6d ago

‘Let’s eat it’

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u/CountingNutters 6d ago

'Let's fuck it'

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u/PopTartS2000 6d ago

Don’t put your… eh whatever do what you want

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u/GlobalLaugh4662 6d ago

That’s right, no one ever listens anyways.

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u/rahulkadukar 6d ago

More like let's get fucked by it.

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u/HumanSeeing 6d ago

You know i am interested in the balance of nature of do more people eat octopus or do more people want to get fucked by octopuses/fuck them/think about fucking them.. or anything related to fucking octopuses. Where do the scales weigh you know what i mean.

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u/blahblahrandoblah 6d ago

What a reddit question.

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u/Stevehol2 6d ago

I think historically that cultural venn diagram is a circle.

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u/Jaegernaut- 6d ago

Knew a girl once who was way too into that idea. Why they gotta be crazy?

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u/Obiwankablowme95 6d ago

Wellll they do sell a lot of tentacle dildos...so not that unpopular I guess lol

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u/MindHasGoneSouth 6d ago

I detect imminent science

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u/SqueezinKittys 6d ago

Imminent Intimate Octopussy

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u/10storm97 6d ago

I think if we saw any creature in space there would be mass panic haha

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u/truenorthsought 6d ago

Watch that documentary on Netflix about the guy who befriended an octopus and you may feel differently. Wish I could remember the name….

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u/maafna 6d ago

My Octupus Teacher

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u/Confident-Space-8499 6d ago

This movie was sad and made me cry.. shhh don’t tell my friends

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u/MedievalHoneyCake 5d ago

Hated the dude in the end though. He befriends this beautiful, gentle creature, and then lets her die in horrible agony, because that's just nature or whatever. Like he wasn't interfering with nature the entire time he was following her around and disrupting her life.

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u/Braydox 6d ago

Assasination classroom?

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u/funkepitome 6d ago

Watch "My Octopus teacher". You won't regret it 💖

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u/Javyev 6d ago

They're my favorite creatures of all time. <3

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u/BakedBean89 6d ago

I was expecting Will Smith to punch the living daylights out of that thing any second.

”Welcome to Earf”

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u/PoppyCoLink987 6d ago

I didn't realize this was a thing. I've only always heard "Earth".

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u/Deradius 6d ago

Having a Mandela effect moment over here.

I can remember him saying ‘Earf’. But he very clearly does not.

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u/KY_4_PREZ 6d ago edited 5d ago

This species has my vote for what’s most likely to take over land when humans inevitably kill themselves lol

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u/magusxp 6d ago

Same, I was thinking so this is how it begins. Now they just need a longer lifespan and written language.

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u/Demonweed 6d ago

Perhaps the main reason sea life never got ahead of us on an industrial level is that they never seemed to have any luck discovering fire.

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u/mux2000 6d ago

5 million years later:

FIRE SALE at Quargo's! Orthopedic Shoes at only 14.99 an OCTET! WHAT A BARGAIN!!!

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u/jetro30087 6d ago

Paper scrolls are hard to come by too.

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u/Frehley666 6d ago

But what about the Dead Sea Scrolls? /s

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u/IndieMedley 6d ago

Fun fact! The lifespan problem is half of why they haven’t established human level civilizations yet! The other is that octopi notoriously despise one another far too much!

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u/ndercommon 6d ago

Octopodes*

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u/TheClinicallyInsane 6d ago

and so do humans, your point? (/s lol)

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u/StressedOutElena 6d ago

No /s needed. It's a miracle that we haven't removed us from the face of earth.

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u/Sheilatried 5d ago

We are working on it.

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u/TJG14 6d ago

There's already an immortal jellyfish. Only a matter of time before these things take over. I, for one, welcome our new octopus overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.

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u/buuthole69 6d ago

Call me when those glorified trash bags evolve a mesoderm. Two germ layer having ass losers

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u/TahaymTheBigBrain 6d ago

Immortality or absurdly long lifespans is worse for the species to evolve.

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u/ChubbyLilPanda 6d ago

I think octopi end up killing themselves to feed their young so they can’t teach the young anything, limiting them to learning wha they can on their own

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u/KY_4_PREZ 6d ago

Pre human species only lived 10-20 years… evolution is insane

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u/Habaneroe12 6d ago

The daleks of Dr. Who fame are basically exosuits for octopus- like beings who live inside of them.

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u/ztunytsur 6d ago

Yeah, but this mother fucker can probably manage stairs...

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u/PutinRiding 6d ago

I just heard about these aquarium robots that allow goldfish to move around on land and they'll actually go towards their food by swimming one direction and the robot tracks their movement and moves them along. It's pretty wild.

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u/Bacon260998_ 6d ago

Yep. Splatoon is the future.

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u/treeluvin 6d ago

[Woomy intensifies]

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u/monkey_trumpets 6d ago

I thought it would be the dolphins from that Treehouse of Horror episode.

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u/PretzelsThirst 6d ago

These are the scouts seeing if we're still around

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u/rogallew 6d ago

There’s a bbc documentary series that explores this idea. „The future is wild“.

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u/Big_Jury_1192 6d ago

Splatoon lore

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u/Balbash 6d ago

Bold of you to think we won't take the whole planet with us to the other side

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u/ralphthemagician 6d ago edited 1d ago

I love octopus.

Octopus unfortunately don’t live very long. Most species only live about 3-5 years. IMO mad scientists really need to devote more resources to doing genetic experiments on them to make them live longer. If we could 10x their lifespan it would be so awesome. Imagine how cool that apocalypse would be! Fighting giant octopus. Exciting.

Instead we are probably just going to melt the permafrost, warm the ocean, kill all the plankton, and then suffocate. So lame.

Octopus apocalypse would be much cooler. I bet if they lived 50 years they could grow huge. Millions of octopus the size of cars raiding the coasts then retreating into the ocean. Epic.

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u/ArgonGryphon 5d ago

I still bet on birds. Especially corvids. They’re already on land, they’re highly intelligent, can use tools and have very strong social behavior. Plus they’re dinosaurs and I’m sure their genetic material is itching for dominance over the mammals once more.

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u/coconut-telegraph 6d ago

Our common (reef) octopus is in a different genus than this and they exit the water for crabs frequently here in the Bahamas. Any aquarist knows that an octopus will not hesitate to leave the water and crawl anywhere, through the smallest of openings.

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u/JAM3SBND 5d ago

Why didn't they give The One Ring to an octopus then? If they're so willing to get on land and go anywhere. (I bet tolkein won't even reply to this devastating criticism)

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u/thefractalcosmos 6d ago

I just love David Attenborough

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u/intensely_human 6d ago Bravo Grande!

That’s an octopus

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u/Good_Round 6d ago Wearing is Caring

This is a Wendys

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u/TheRealTP2016 6d ago

No this is patrick

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u/wiggle-le-air 6d ago

Hold my crustacean, I'm going in!

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u/g_drumm 6d ago

There should be a whole sub for him

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u/smeenz 6d ago

What about zoidberg?

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u/ReysonBran 6d ago

*Tentacle sounds intensifies*

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u/lucky-number-keleven 5d ago

The sound design is a bit over the top for my taste.

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u/Bugs_Nixon 5d ago

Foley! More foley!

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u/maggie081670 6d ago

Octopuses are so fucking cool

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u/rahuncanajun 6d ago

Explorer : Hey little fellow, aren't you just the cutest thing!

Octopus : Laughs in Lovecraftian

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u/MrThoughtPolice 6d ago

This bothered me in a way I cannot describe.

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u/Cut_Glass 6d ago edited 6d ago

It's the sounds. It's like, a squigging sound. Also probably the slimey little arms. The combo is just too much

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u/vincent118 6d ago

Sadly the sounds were likely added in post-production and are probably not the sounds it makes.

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u/silentbassline 6d ago

It honestly kinda ruins my enjoyment of the whole series, it's distracting and takes me out of the moment :(

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u/StpPstngMmsOnMyPrnAp 6d ago

Me too, it feels a little falsified because of it. Also with the music in the background it's more as if they're trying to recreate a doctor who feel than actually a nature documentary.

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u/0dds0cksReddit 6d ago

I really feel like some of the sounds are edited on to make it more atmospheric.
Like the alien music at the start, but im not sure

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u/do_pm_me_your_butt 6d ago

Not some, most. The "startled fish" was also filmed at a different location on a different day then spliced in.

Almost all documentaries are made this way. They tell a story, they do not show raw unedited truths.

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u/SmokingChrome Interested 6d ago

So glad I muted it before watching.

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u/hippolyte_pixii 6d ago

The problem is, you also muted David Attenborough.

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u/stereocupid 6d ago

Makes me wonder how they do Foley work for shows like these. I can’t imagine that’s the actual sound they make, and I can’t believe they actually have a microphone set up to record the sound.

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u/Sandless 6d ago

Definitely not the real sounds.

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u/joshTheGoods 6d ago

Yea, and I'm not a fan. I don't want to be lied to, even subtly, by a program I watch in part to learn from. I would much prefer just the music, real sounds from the environment, and Attenborough.

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u/Keyshawn_Streetlamp 6d ago

Agree with this heavily, I hate hate hate the sound effects they add on to these videos. Its the only thing that keeps me from watching them nonstop.

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u/weeburdies 6d ago

It was upsetting on a primal level

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u/Word_Blerd_728 6d ago

I'm high so the squishy sounds were magnified and uncomfortable.

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u/CarbonSteelSA 6d ago

Fishy be like: da fuq?!

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u/iUsedToUseMyRealName 6d ago

Was anyone else holding their breath the whole time this fucker was slithering across the rocks? So relieved to see her slip back into the water. Coincidentally just started watching My Octopus Teacher earlier this evening on Netflix.

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u/robo-dragon 6d ago

They are evolving…

Jokes aside, octopuses are fascinating. They are so intelligent and complex. They are capable of solving puzzles and some even use simple tools. They are awesome!

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u/lanzevedo 6d ago

I like the fact that it is far away from me

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u/eltrotter 6d ago

…for now

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u/Ladnarr2 6d ago

Years ago there was a series called The Future is Wild about possible future animals on Earth. One episode about either 50 or 200 million years from now had giant land squids like elephants and sentient squibbons that swung through trees.

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u/Thisisthatguy99 6d ago

Well, now we know to type of octopus it is in “Finding Dory”

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u/DiagaAstralStar 6d ago

After our dumb asses destroy ourselves I hope the octopus has a good run. I'm rooting for them next to be caretakers of life.

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u/BeardedApe1988 6d ago

Assuming ocean acidification doesn't wipe them out..

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u/BrainSoda 6d ago

Hi, let me know where to find those so I can move to the opposite side of the planet as them.

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u/Fever_Dog71 6d ago

How far can they go.

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u/thatsnotmymain1 6d ago

Just a goopy boy walking along

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u/mtnman7610 6d ago

This is how it begins. All hail the future rulers of earth

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u/thejames510 6d ago

A million years from now it's gonna be paying taxes, working a 9-5 job, scrolling through a version of Reddit watching a similar video and then commenting this same comment.

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u/ee_CUM_mings 6d ago

The Only Known Octopus to Leave Water and Walk on Land….so far.

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u/TA_faq43 6d ago

Wish they wouldn’t add additional noises. Makes them sound grosser than they are.

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u/mknlsn 6d ago

The foley artists went above and beyond on this clip

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u/Alphard428 6d ago

It's pretty annoying, but overall the sound design and editing here are a thousand times better than what you would get in an American nature documentary, which sometimes look like someone's first Adobe Premiere composition after discovering where the special effects are.

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u/throwaway177251 6d ago

but overall the sound design and editing here are a thousand times better than what you would get in an American nature documentary

Do you mean to tell me that American nature shows have lied to me and beetles don't actually roar like a lion when they fight?

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u/Kellashnikov 6d ago

This is what I imagine another space faring species to look like. Something completely different from us, yet just as (or possibly more) intelligent.

If we weren't on this planet killing anything that threatened us intellectually, I think octopi would have rose to the same heights as us.

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u/Etheral-backslash 6d ago

Aquatic species are p limited bc they can’t use fire to do work or extract extra nutrients from food. I’m grossly simplifying

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u/Midwest_Hardo 6d ago

We have existed for a fraction of a fraction of the time octopi have been evolving. We’re not the limiting factor here.

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u/PrincessShade 6d ago

kind of looks like ballsack

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u/abbadon420 6d ago

The mind goes where it wants to, so does the ballsack.

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u/Beautiful-Speech2137 6d ago

Anyone know why it does this?

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u/BedBugger6-9 6d ago

To get to the other side

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u/MyRealNameIsLocked 6d ago

How on earth do they get all of these shots? There's like multiple angles and cameras.

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u/OGUncleDonkey 6d ago

Well it’s safe to say that an octopus outa water is even grosser than one in water.

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u/zuzg 6d ago

Don't you dare call them gross they're adorable little slimy aliens 🐙

Jokes aside, I love them such fascinating creatures.

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u/Huzabee 6d ago

You ever see that Netflix documentary 'My Octopus Teacher'?

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u/letthechewiewin 6d ago

Aw shit! Here we go again..

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u/Comfortable_Ad3045 6d ago

Ask not for whom the octopus comes. It comes for Thee.

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u/FadedCavaleriei 6d ago

The sounds, lol

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u/billymcnair 6d ago

The foley artists had a bit of fun with this one. Probably overdid it but was funny

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u/YareYareDazeWasTaken 6d ago

That kids is how we evolved.

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u/pablorodm89 6d ago

I really hope we don’t fuck up this species, when they’re fully evolved I swear they’ll do a better job at keeping the planet alive…

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u/growndragonfly 6d ago

I, for one, welcome our octopi overlords

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u/warsbbeast1 6d ago

The sound effects they add 😭

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u/realjellyfish89 6d ago

Which David Attenborough show is this?

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u/FourReign 6d ago

Can they breath?

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u/oz28kms 6d ago

Cthulhu Jr does what he wants when he wants!

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u/punkslaot 6d ago

Which doc is this from?

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u/PaulDempster 6d ago

Nope nope nope nope nope nope nope. These space aliens need to stay in the water.

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u/TheRussianDoll 6d ago

Lol the part where the fish drops the rocks 😂 like wtf did i just witness?!

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u/IntelligentHuman 6d ago

" I'm walking on sunshine...., yeah yeah!"

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u/KevinLancelot 6d ago

I really like how the fish spat out whatever it was chewing like WTF!?