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.
"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.
"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.