Awww: Octopus 'Thanks' Man Who Rescued It From Dying

August 1, 2017

This is a video of filmmaker Pei Yan Heng returning an octopus he found stranded on land during low tide back into the water. After the octopus gets acclimated, it reaches out a tentacle to Heng's boot as if to say thanks before heading on its way. Was it actually saying thanks? Probably not. Who knows though, octopuses are smart. Of course my dog was supposed to be smart too and she spends half her day licking a sliding glass door. Wait a minute....*eyeing door* Holy shit -- they're equations! Call the news.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to n0nentity, who always thought an octopus's way of saying thanks was not haunting your dreams.

  • econoking

    The octopus was definitely thanking him. Don't let other people change your mind.

  • Kane Harrison

    Inappropriate number of Mississippi's for a couple that have just met.

  • iofo61

    Tentacle bump is the new fist bump.

  • Talon184

    I think the octo-thingee was trying to pull him into the water for a mid-morning snack, but figured out it just wasn't gonna happen

  • TheQiwiMan

    ...or it was looking for cover and mistook his boot for a rock, extended the tentacle, realized it wasn't a rock, so he swam away.

    Sorry for making life less magical. :-(

  • Ollie Williams

    People want to try and find significant human emotion in animals. I applaud you for calling out the bullshit.

  • captaindash

    They used to think humans were the only ones who used tools. Nope. The only ones who cultivate crops. Nope. The only ones who learn and advance techniques through observation. Nope.
    The only ones who used emotional shaming as a form of punishment. Nope.

    Does a dog have 'real' emotion? How it bothers people that animals can feel and have value is beyond me. I'm guessing it's guilt because they know eating them is messed up when it's totally unnecessary. It's like how a drunk gets awkward around sober people.

  • Octo

    Or, in a word, anthropomorphism.

  • TheQiwiMan

    I applaud you for applauding me.

  • Ollie Williams

    And the circlejerk has come full... uh, circle, I guess.

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