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CGI: An octopus' tentacle wrapped around a diver's neck.  Naturalist Doug Pemberton and his diving partner have set out on a diving trip to film underwater.  They discover the Giant Pacific Octopus.  They find the animal, who retreats quickly into its den.  When Doug goes in for a closer look, the octopus comes back out and starts to grip tight onto Doug.

CGI: An octopus' tentacle wrapped around a diver's neck. Naturalist Doug Pemberton and his diving partner have set out on a diving trip to film underwater. They discover the Giant Pacific Octopus. They find the animal, who retreats quickly into its den. When Doug goes in for a closer look, the octopus comes back out and starts to grip tight onto Doug. (View larger version)

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  • Gant Octopuses have been seen eating sharks and birds! But they also prey on bivalves, crabs and lobster.

  • The Giant Pacific Octopus can change both the color and the texture of its skin, in order to camouflage itself.

  • The incident shown in this episode took place near the Tzoonie Narrows, off the coast of British Columbia.

  • The Pacific Giant Octopus is the longest-living species of octopus.

  • According to the most recent figures, 8% of the membership of the U.S. Parachute Association is over 60 years old.

  • NASA’s Orion spacecraft will use parachutes that weigh 300 pounds each and are 116 feet in diameter.

  • In the U.S. there are over 300 recreational skydiving centers and clubs, operating over 500 skydiving airplanes.

  • In March 2013, a skydiver had both his parachutes malfunction, and survived a drop from 8,000 feet. He hit the ground at 30 mph.

  • One in seven fires that a fire department responds to will be a vehicle fire.

  • 61% of highway vehicle fires start in the engine, running gear, or wheels.

  • Motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel has the Guiness World Record for “Most Broken Bones in a Lifetime.” His record notes that he had 433 fractures through 1975. The following year he retired from doing major motorcycle stunts.