A hand gesturing towards a sparkling blue ocean.

Internet is gripped by astonishing octopus video showing eight-armed creature walk on dry land

The ocean contains a wealth of animals that we know nothing, or very little, about. One of those animals is the octopus; there are only a few species of octopuses that have been extensively studied and researched by scientists, with plenty more remaining elusive, mysterious and lurking somewhere in the deep ocean. These blue-blooded creatures have some pretty strange hunting, social and mating behavior and they are even able to regrow their arms... so yeah, all in all, they're pretty mental. And an octopus video proved my point even further went it recently went viral.

If the idea that these crazy things occupy the water and not land gives you some comfort when you sleep at night, then I'm sorry, because what I'm about to show you will likely give you some serious nightmares. In the footage which can be seen below, an abdopus octopus in Australia clambers out of the water and onto land in order to hunt nearby crabs.

A hand gesturing towards a sparkling blue ocean. Credit: StockSnap

The octopus video, which featured as part of the BBC program The Hunt, shows this particular species of creature surviving on land and being able to breathe out of the water without dying. The octopus can be seen using the hundreds of suckers along its tentacles to pull itself in the freakiest way along the ground as it hunts down its prey. I cannot imagine seeing this thing on my local beach, and if I did, I would do my best impression of Usain Bolt and get out of there fast.

The Octopus filmed in this footage is just one of the creatures featured in the program. The Hunt looked at some of the most potent hunters in the animal kingdom and included the likes of killer whales, leopards, polar bears and bald eagles. The footage that the crew managed to capture is, quite frankly, amazing, even if it is a little bit weird at times.

Alastair Fothergill, who is the executive producer at Silverback Films, the company who made the program, told the BBC:

"What's really interesting is if you look back at the number of shows that have been made on predators and their prey, almost all of them are red in tooth and claw. 'The bloody predator', you know, these are the villains of the piece and the shows sort of play that card.

"And actually, it's biologically inaccurate. Predators usually fail and they are the hardest animals working in nature. That excites me because I thought: 'Nobody's actually made the predators the heroes; nobody's explained why they are the hardest working animals in nature'. But it's very, very, very much not a bloody show. And what I'm really pleased with is that everybody that's seen it now says: 'No, it's great. There's not a moment where I feel it's a bit bloody.'"

No doubt about it, the octopus video is quite simply stunning and shows a different side to the creature that none of us thought existed. However, the video has also put me off going to the beach anytime soon, so thanks for that.