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Amazing Video: Local photographer runs into 8 armloads of trouble

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - An octopus at Bluefish Cove in Carmel apparently does not like the paparazzi.

La Jolla native David Malvestuto -- who now lives in the Bay Area -- and his diving partner Warren Murray were not disappointed in what they found as they came face to face with a giant Pacific octopus in the shallow depths of Bluefish Cove at Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel.

"It is very rare to see that kind of octopus in the 80 feet of water that we were in," David said.

As Murray, a diving photographer, started to capture the magnificent sighting, his subject matter apparently had other ideas.

"And before you know it, I saw one arm grab him and then the whole body just lunged on to this camera," David said.

There was an underwater tussle that lasted for a few tense moments that David documented on his GoPro camera.

"I was a little worried that the octopus wasn't actually going to come off his camera," David said. "I just wanted to make sure I had it on video. Otherwise the people on land would never believe us."

Another concern was how his diving buddy would handle this unexpected confrontation.

"Thankfully because he is a very experienced diver, he was very calm and collected," David said. Thankfully when he started taking the pictures, the octopus jumped away from the camera."

And though venomous, this powerful creature (thankfully) proved to be peaceful.

"We didn't bother it. We didn't put it in a dangerous situation, so I think it was more or less just curious," David said.

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