Credit: Caters Clips
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.
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."