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thegildedgopher
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12/12/2019 01:46PM
Pretty interesting story came across the feed today:

Octopus battles bald eagle

I'm not sure how I feel about the intervention.
 
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Jackfish
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12/12/2019 01:58PM
If the octopus was grasping any other animal, I would have sat back and watched nature take it's course. Since it was a bald eagle, I think I would have done the same as the guys in the story.
 
Chieflonewatie
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12/12/2019 03:58PM
I would have let it happen. It's not like there's a shortage of bald eagles up there.
 
12/12/2019 04:55PM
Those guys f'ed up our chance to see an eagle with eight wings.
 
nofish
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12/12/2019 05:19PM
fadersup: "Those guys f'ed up our chance to see an eagle with eight wings. "
Or a flying octopus.
 
KarlBAndersen1
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12/12/2019 06:28PM
No. Absolutely not.In fact, in most places it's illegal to interfere in the normal day-to-day activities of wild life. It's actually qualified as "harassment".
 
12/12/2019 06:37PM
Is it ethical to intervene on behalf of the Eagle's next meal?

butthead
 
Pinetree
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12/12/2019 06:50PM
It was in Canadian waters and I really am ashamed I don't know what protection they have Canada wide or Ontario. Just assumed they were protected.
 
gymcoachdon
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12/12/2019 09:41PM
I bet that eagle doesn't bully an octopus again.
 
BearBurrito
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12/13/2019 05:01PM
I would not have intervened. Let nature take it's course.
 
Pinetree
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12/13/2019 05:32PM
Years ago a bald eagle was way up a tree over hanging the water and its leg was tangled up with fish line around its leg and a branch. It was all messed up in fishline. We cut the tree down with a chain saw and as soon as the tree hit the water we grabbed the eagle and cut the line off from the tree and than the eagle. It was in good shape and it took off whenwe let it go.
It would of been a slow death otherwise.
 
missmolly
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12/13/2019 10:07PM
You were brave, clever, and kind. Thank you.
 
yogi59weedr
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12/14/2019 01:44AM
Nice job Pinetree. I understand all that letting nature take its course thing. There are plenty of other things for a octopus to eat. I'll be damned if I'm gonna stand around and let harm come to an eagle or what it stands for. Simple for me. Intervene.
 
12/14/2019 08:55AM
Pinetree: "Years ago a bald eagle was way up a tree over hanging the water and its leg was tangled up with fish line around its leg and a branch. It was all messed up in fishline. We cut the tree down with a chain saw and as soon as the tree hit the water we grabbed the eagle and cut the line off from the tree and than the eagle. It was in good shape and it took off whenwe let it go. It would of been a slow death otherwise."
What about the tree... haha. I’ve watched eagles do the same to a loon and her baby. It’s nature, it’s life... either way I’m ok with whatever. But that was quite an encounter. I’m guessing that octopus eats well.
 
Pinetree
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12/14/2019 10:03AM
I have a friend who saw a loon kill young mallards, then, on the same lake, an eagle killed a young loon and something might have gotten the eagle's young. I will have to ask him if I see him.

It's tough world out there. Wild animals rarely die of old age.
 
missmolly
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12/14/2019 01:21PM
Then there are the trillions of tiny predators, e.g. bacteria and viruses, which want to eat us from the inside out.
 
Basspro69
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12/14/2019 02:39PM
Jackfish: "If the octopus was grasping any other animal, I would have sat back and watched nature take it's course. Since it was a bald eagle, I think I would have done the same as the guys in the story."
+1
 
Bearpath9
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12/15/2019 05:56AM
Nope. Everything has to eat something.
 
missmolly
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12/15/2019 11:36AM
I don't think an octopus could eat an eagle. Predators that eat birds pluck them first. Of course, an octopus has a beak, but plucking is not in an octopus's DNA.

I just did a search and learned that not all predators pluck birds before eating them. Some, like domestic and wild cats, will eat small birds whole. Of course, the eagle is a big bird.
 
12/15/2019 01:47PM
I'm of the school that Anthropomorphism has dumbed down too much of human relations with animals.
The OP shows an octopus obtaining food and yes they can eat just about anything they can kill. Saving the Eagle from the dinner plate is no better than saving a Trout from an Eagle and the nymphs/fry a Trout eats.

butthead
 
walleyevision
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12/20/2019 02:46AM
I'd let it happen, it's not like eagles are rare. Now if it were a loon in place of the eagle, I would at least think about getting involved.
 
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