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Tiny Octopus Finds a New Home With Help From a Friendly Diver

Divers had planned to spend their time under the water collecting shells. But when they happened upon a small coconut octopus using a disposable plastic cup as a shelter, they knew they had to act. This species has a predisposition from birth to seek shelter, which is often a coconut or seashell. Though the shell it found is good protection, the cup is dangerous, both for the octopus, and any predator that might try to eat it, and would most likely ingest the plastic as well.

The issue with finding a "new home" for the octopus, is that coconut octopi are extremely picky about the shells they choose for themselves, so the octopus in the video rejected a number of shells that it was offered, before finding one to its liking. 

This is a relatively harmless case, but human waste kills sea creatures by the millions every year. Next time you go to the beach, be a little less lazy. Grab some reusable cups. Try to make sure there are less creatures like these using our waste thinking it is a part of their environment.

Tiny octopus found by divers living in a shell and a plastic cup and they try to find him a replacement shell to give up the
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A hermit crap uses a toothpaste cap for its shell, depressing everyone.
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Sad, dying world, at least you keep the crabs smelling minty fresh.

The above picture of a Cuban crab trying his best originally showed up on Reddit, but it's turned into a broader symbol of just how much GD pollution we are putting in the GD ocean.


The Daily Mail took the picture and put it into depressing, depressing perspective:

According to recent estimates, the ocean is filled with eight million tonnes of garbage - enough to fill five carrier bags for every foot of coastline on the planet.

...Around 8 million tons of plastic bottles, bags, toys and other plastic rubbish ends up in the world's oceans each year. Because of the difficulties in working out the exact amount, since much of it may have sunk, scientists say the true figure could be as much as 12.7 million tons polluting the ocean each year.

Carried by sea currents, this waste congregates into five giant 'garbage islands' that swirl around the world's major ocean gyres.



And even worse, there are other examples, as found by the Daily Dot.





You can read more about it if you want, we need to take a nap.

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Oh, Shell. You should know better than to encourage the trolls Internets to caption your images of wildlife for a new ad campaign.

(Don't miss the highlights.)

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Shell recently staged a launch event at the top of Seattle's Space Needle, complete with a 3-foot-high scale model of an Arctic drilling rig that was fashioned to pour drinks. Problem is, "pour" turned out to be the operative word.

Too bad the malfunction didn't occur at a BP shindig...

UPDATE: Alas, it's all a hoax. Oh, well. Still funny.

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