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When a diver in Belize first encountered a shy Pygmy Octopus living in a shell, little did she know it would be the start of a flourishing friendship.
Diver forms unexpected friendship with pygmy octopus
Elora Kooistra is a diver and island dive instructor who found an unlikely best friend on the seafloor of Glover’s Reef, located on the southern coast of Belize. On one of her dives, Elora encountered a certain Pygmy Octopus living in a shell, and though shy of each other at first, the pair formed quite a friendship over several return visits to the seabed. Scroll down for video.
Elora became infatuated with the little marine animal and named him “Egbert”
On one of her dives in Glover’s Reef, located on the southern coast of Belize, diver and dive instructor Elora Kooistra encountered a Pygmy Octopus living in a shell on the sea floor. She tried reaching out to the little octopus, but as her finger and the creature’s tentacle got close enough for them to touch, both of them got startled and immediately pulled back. She tried doing the same thing again, but this time the octopus was comfortable enough to try and pull her finger close to his home. Elora became infatuated with the little marine animal, and she named him “Egbert”.
Egbert isn’t simply seafood
Human/animal interactions and relationships are a wonderful thing. Despite not being able to speak the same language, it is still possible to effectively communicate or eventually become friends with them. Aside from our daily encounters with domesticated pets like cats, dogs, horses and birds, there are plenty of instances throughout history where people have formed a bond with another animal. It is alway fascinating to see these kinds of interactions with other species, especially the more unusual the creature or the less likely the scenario. Stories such as these make it hard to ignore the the signs that animals have character and personality, desires and preferences, dislikes and fears… like us. Egbert isn’t simply seafood. Nor is he a pet. He has a life down there on the seabed. Perhaps we should respect that a little more.
Woman And Octopus Are Best Friends - ELORA & EGBERT Woman And Octopus Are Best Friends | This woman is best friends with a wild octopus, and he gets so excited whenever she swims up to him. You can keep up with Elora and Egbert's amazing friendship on Instagram, elora.explora Source: YouTube/TheDodo
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