Spine-chilling images show a seagull fighting for its life while an octopus tried to drag it underwater.
The clip was shot in the south of France, where a baffled witness was able to free the bird from certain death.
Fast-thinking Daniel Narcy is seen holding the gull by its beak while the octopus wraps its arms around it.
Narcy described Thursday’s incident as “extraordinary,” but said it was not the first time it had happened.
The animal lover from Saint-Laurent-du-Var, in the Alpes-Maritimes, posted the video on Facebook: “Fortunately, I helped the gull fly away, causing the octopus to sink back into the depths. Magic!”
He said, “It is not the first time in the aquarium that we have seen octopuses catching gulls, but it is still quite exceptional.”
He initially thought a fight had broken out between two dogs after seeing people on the beach reacting to the shocking scene.
He told the local newspaper good morning : “I came closer and saw a gull, which was not doing well, between the tentacles of a large octopus, which must weigh more than two kilos.
“It’s usually more common to see a gull grabbing an octopus than the other way around. It was incredible.”
Without his help, the seagull would have drowned, he believes.
Mr. Narcy said, “The octopus’s grip was too strong to free itself on its own.”
After the bird flew away, he said, it stopped to play with the octopus.