WATCH: Fisherman rescues bald eagle from clutches of octopus

Courtesy Mowi Canada West/Facebook

QUATSINO SOUND, B.C. (WTHR) - A team of salmon fishermen were able to rescue a bald eagle from an octopus close to Canada’s Vancouver Island.

The group heard screeching and splashing sounds last Monday.

After investigating the sounds, fishermen said they found “a full-sized eagle submerged in the water with a big giant octopus in the water trying to drag it down.”

The team watched the interaction unsure if they should intervene to help.

They then decided they had to do something to help.

After getting close to the battle, fisherman John Ilett, reached out with a pole with a small hook attached to it and freed the eagle, while another fisherman started recording.

The company's Facebook post said that their crews are used to seeing the wonders of nature on a regular basis, but this was a "once in a lifetime" encounter.

"The eagle that had bitten off more than it could chew when it tried to catch an octopus," they added.

The octopus swam away unharmed, and the eagle recovered on a nearby branch before flying away.

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