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Seal overpowers octopus in Canadian harbor

"It was almost like the seal was bringing the octopus up the surface to show off what he had," photographer Bob Ianson said.

By Ben Hooper

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A battle between a seal and an octopus in a British Columbia harbor was documented by an amateur photographer who snapped shots of the seal's victory.

Bob Ianson said a few dozen people gathered at Victoria's Ogden Point port facility Feb. 9 to watch the seal's struggle with the octopus, which was eventually overpowered by the mammal.

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"That seal is probably, I don't know, four-and-a-half feet long? So that octopus is a pretty big octopus," Ianson told CTV News. "It was almost like the seal was bringing the octopus up the surface to show off what he had."

Chad Nordstrom, a research biologist at the Vancouver Aquarium, told CBC News the photos were rare, but the fight was not.

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"Octopus is a regular part of the harbor seal's diet," Nordstrom said. "Actually capturing it on film is the rare thing."

Another witness, Thomas Anderson-Roffey, captured video footage of the struggle.

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