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Brutal And Epic Seal Vs Octopus Battle Caught On Film

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Chris Carpineti

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Chris Carpineti

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Chris is a senior media editor with a background in graphic design and degree in film and television production.

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This video capture the incredible moment three tourists witnessed an epic fight to the death between a 120kg seal and an unfortunate octopus. Conner Stapley caught the unbelievable 20-minute battle during a kayaking tour in Kaikoura, in New Zealand’s South Island, on Tuesday (June 20) at about 2pm. 

The 28-year-old was leading a group of three kayakers around Kaikoura’s South Bay when the dramatic scenes – which saw the 120kg (19 stone) adult male New Zealand fur seal rip the luckless octopus apart using sheer force – unfolded in front of them. 

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Conner, who is a guide for Kaikoura Kayaks, said: “It is quite rare to see something like this and rarer at this time of day – normally you would see New Zealand fur seals feeding in the evenings. 

“I noticed a big flock of sea birds just congregating nearby – that is normally a sign there is something happening – and then the fight began." 


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