Los Angeles, CA – February 3, 2021 (Updated March 22, 2014) 

There are once in a lifetime dive adventures that you plan to exotic locales; those where you challenge yourself to top your personal best; and then there are the unexpected adventures right here in California.

Malibu last evening we discovered an unusual looking very large 4 foot fish that had washed up on to the beach. As divers, we're fiercely interested in anything we see in the water. When we see something out of the water that we haven't seen before, we're beyond excited. Checking with experts, biologists and reporting to CFWD, our newest discovery (unless proven otherwise) seems to be a lancetfish. What a blast learning all about this lancetfish and imagine what caused it to be here now. 

A couple of years back in February two California divers, David Malvestuto and Warren Murray had an adventure of a lifetime when they interacted with a giant pacific octopus who wanted to make their underwater digital camera its own.

The thieving carnivorous octopus is a class of sea creature that is common in our local California diving waters, and when it is, it's unlikely to be seen or interact with humans. It's the largest of the octopuses and adult's arm spans can reach 9 to 16 feet and achieve weights of 22 to 110 pounds. When Murray first saw the creature he thought it was a rock...until he noticed the quick movement of the octopus heading for him - he thinks that the the octopus saw its reflection in the camera lens and mistook it for another octopus challenging its territory. With tentacles wrapped around the camera and Murray's arms, things started to get real. Murray's camera filmed the entire tug of war scenario, and he came away with the footage to prove his seemingly crazy story (a requirement to be taken seriously in any dive community or it is just another “fish story”). 

Check out the interaction you (hopefully) won't experience with an octopus on one of your dives anytime soon:

While tangling with an octopus isn't one of the exciting dive adventures we'd suggest you put on the calendar right away, becoming a certified Open Water (beginner) diver means you will see your share of wonders that friends and family who stick to dry land will never experience.  You can start imagining dives closer to home by exploring local beach or boat dives for Los Angeles dive opportunities or map out your adventure plan by learning about world wide diving opportunities.

For help setting up your next diving adventure, or getting ready for your very first one, contact us

You can read more detail about this octopus adventure in Bluefish Cove in Carmel, California here.

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