A giant Pacific octopus looked like it was trying to devour Chris Payne. The 15-pound mollusk, currently donning bright-red coloration, swam near the edge of an aquarium tank and was wrapping her four-foot-long, powerful arms around Payne’s forearms.
She latched onto his exposed skin with dozens of white suckers, tasting him. “She’d love to pull me in,” says Payne, bracing himself against the floor. “But there’s no chance of that.” As if in response, the octopus shoots a mighty spray of water directly at Payne’s waist.