We were awed to see some adorable Dumbo squid swim off the coast of California, but now we have to consider a small octopus from Hawaii.
The US Department of the Interior tweeted a photo this week of a tiny baby weevil discovered in the National Historical Park of Kaloko-Honokohau, Hawaii, along with the message: "Who knew an octopus was so cute!"
Marine biologists in the Hawaiian park discovered the small cuttlefish August on a piece of floating plastic garbage. The team safely brought the tiny guy back to the ocean.
The dive team monitoring the coral reef in the area found a second baby octopus on another piece of plastic waste. This was itsy-bitsy and just as cute, but also obviously deadlier. It was caught attacking and killing a crab.
"Maybe they are not so cute?" The park said in a Facebook post.
The babies were most likely octopuses during the day or at night, two species commonly found in Hawaiian waters. Obviously they like to decorate their homes with their conquests. "Their caves are often recognized by the pile of broken crab and snail shells (remnants of previous meals) found right in front of the entrance," says the Waikiki Aquarium.
We can not blame the baby for being hungry and choosing a snack on a comfy crab. It just looks like a scene from a sci-fi horror movie.
While the hungry baby octopus is a good reminder that nature can be both charming and cutthroat at the same time, that it was found floating on plastic, it also shows how plastic pollution is a prevalent problem in marine waters.