Getting slapped in the face with an octopus while kayaking through the tranquil waters of New Zealand sounds like an unlikely prospect, but that’s exactly what happened to Kyle Mulinder. While kayaking off the coast of Kaikoura, on New Zealand’s South Island, a seal, with an octopus in its mouth, leapt from the water and whipped the octopus right in Mulinder’s face. And luckily, since Mulinder and his friends are GoPro employees, there were plenty of cameras on board to capture the incident. Check out Taiyo Masuda’s footage below:
Mulinder was as shocked as you would expect, if you’d just been slapped in the face with an octopus. He told Yahoo News that they had spotted the huge seal thrashing around with an octopus for some time, but never expected what happened next. After taking the struggle underwater, the seal emerged again and “thrashed it in mid-fight,” said Mulinder, “and my face happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
In the end, the octopus managed to free itself from the seal’s clutches. It attached itself to Mulinder’s kayak, hung on for dear life, and only with the help of another kayaker did Mulinder finally remove it.
Of the waters around Kaikoura, Mulinder said, “It’s famous for its wildlife — albatross and seals and things like that…but that shit does not happen everyday!”
Mulinder and his friends were in the process of testing the new GoPro 7, and while the incident may have been quite a shock, they’re probably pleased with the footage.