Rare Octopus Video Shows ‘Once-In-A-Lifetime Encounter’

A mesmerizing new video shows a “once-in-a-lifetime encounter” with a bizarre, bright red rare octopus swimming above the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Australia. 

The encounter, first reported by local Australian news website Bundaberg Now, was a rare sighting of a blanket rare octopus, named after the blanket-like fleshy cape between its arms. Jacinta Shackleton, a marine biologist and reef guide, filmed and photographed the octopus while diving off the coast of Lady Elliot Island in Queensland on Jan. 6.

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