While many of us explore the depths for the peace, quite and serenity of the underwater world, many SCUBA divers don’t realize they have entered a whole new world of threats. Typically associated with packed metropolitan streets, pickpockets and muggers can be found in some of the most beautiful underwater environments too.
Probably one of the more famous and extreme cases of an underwater mugging, this octopus not only steals a camera, but when approached by his victim attempts to steal his speargun. New research shows the unknown intelligence of octopuses, but we can see their violent intentions by stealing weapons in this video.
Usually perceived as peaceful and majestic, no one would expect a manta ray to be behind an insidious plot to steal thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment. While the equipment was eventually recovered, the manta ray took it for a little bit of a joyride before dumping the merchandise.
Octopus and manta rays aren’t the only underwater animals who like to attempt to steal camera equipment. This time we have a shark “mistaking” a camera for food. We can safely assume the shark wanted to turn the cameras on the divers.
Divers aren’t the only ones who are the victims of thefts from below. In this video we have humpback whales stealing food from birds. With organized crime inspired coordination, the humpback whales coordinate their hunting efforts to steal from the disadvantaged birds on the surface.
Be careful on your next dive, the underwater world is full of opportunistic thieves!
For all of these instances of “theft” there are countless peaceful, amazing encounters. Our commentary is meant as humorous and you shouldn’t fear animals stealing your SCUBA gear!