When Pall Sigurdsson and his friends headed out on a diving expedition in the waters off Indonesia last December, they had no idea they’d wind up playing “realtor” to a little sea creature in desperate need of a new home.
While exploring near the ocean floor, Sigurdsson happened upon this — a tiny coconut octopus who’d taken up refuge inside a clear plastic cup.
Seeing garbage littering the undersea landscape was sad enough on its own, but Sigurdsson realized that this particular piece of trash was putting lives directly at risk.
Not only was it failing to adequately conceal the octopus, any predators looking for an easy meal would likely end up ingesting the cup as well.
So, Sigurdsson and the group got to work. They spent the remainder of their dive scouring the seabed for a more fitting home — gently offering the octopus different clamshells until he found one to his liking.
Here’s that sweet process on video:
Time was of the essence during this little house-hunting mission, as the group’s air supply was soon dwindling, but thankfully the betentacled eventually made his choice.
“Coconut octopus are famous for being very picky about which shells they keep,” Sigurdsson wrote online. “So we had to try with many different shells before it found one to be acceptable.”
The octopus is now safe — but sadly, the issue of ocean pollution isn’t faced by him alone.