Victoria woman photographs octopus as it devoured a struggling seagull

Associated Press

VICTORIA - A Victoria-area woman says she watched a life-and-death struggle between an octopus and a seagull — and the octopus won.

Ginger Morneau was taking a stroll along Victoria's Ogden Point breakwater when she happened upon the battle between the gull and the almost metre-long octopus.

Morneau, her husband and brother watched in fascination as the deep-sea creature wrapped its arms around the bird and pulled it underwater.

She says the chilling incident took less than 55 seconds, but she had enough time to snap some stunning photographs, which are now in demand by nature magazines and have become Internet sensations.

Morneau describes the event as creepy, but still a thrilling West Coast experience.

She says the trio celebrated their adventure later with a calamari appetizer.

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