One of the most fascinating sea creatures for me is the octopus. I found this small one whilst snorkelling off the coast of Croatia. They’re incredibly complicated and intelligent creatures and I although I ate them when I was young I wouldn’t dream of doing so now. The way they watch you with their eyes is uncannily intelligent. Sadly, the old fisherman who owned the house we rented didn’t feel the same and I watched him bring in two quite large specimens (2.5 kilos a piece) and then proceed to butcher them with his hands (inverting the head sac and pulling out everything) whilst they suckered on to his arms with their tentacles. Tourists want their rubbery soup….

I took this photo using a Dazzne P2 action cam.

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My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit http://www.edwardotoole.com

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