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  • - [Man in Brown Hat] Mark, got an octopus!

  • - [Mark] Hold on.

  • - [Man in Brown Hat] Come up, come up, come up.

  • - [Mark] I'm trying I'm trying.

  • - [Man in Brown Hat] It's going right

  • over this rock, hold on.

  • Okay, get on, get on this side.

  • He's right here.

  • Can you see his tentacles right there?

  • Look at that.

  • He's not moving.

  • Oh, oh, oh, no he is.

  • Ready?

  • I'm flipping it back.

  • Ready?

  • There it is right there.

  • There it is.

  • Look at that.

  • (dramatic music)

  • (water splashing)

  • - As the waves crash down on the West Coast,

  • an entire world of creatures thrives

  • beneath the water's surface.

  • And as long as you arrive at low tide,

  • you stand a very good chance of encountering some of them.

  • We're at the peak of low tide and

  • as you can tell, it's still kind of dark out here.

  • Only about six o'clock in the morning,

  • which is the perfect time to search for creatures

  • because most of them are nocturnal.

  • Let's head down here to the water line

  • and see what we can find.

  • I love exploring the tide pools

  • because you never know who

  • you are going to come across.

  • Yep, there's no question about it,

  • we are definitely back in tide pool country.

  • (sniffing)

  • Ugh, and that is kelp.

  • And while some species can only be found

  • far out at sea, the shore line of

  • San Pedro, California is always

  • alive with aquatic encounters waiting to happen.

  • It's just a matter of being in

  • the right place at the right time.

  • Check this out.

  • You know what that is?

  • Look at it moving.

  • That is a sea cucumber.

  • And what's really cool about sea cucumbers

  • is that they actually breathe through their butts.

  • Let me see if I can pick him up here.

  • He's probably going to squirt out water.

  • Watch this.

  • Ew, he's gummy.

  • He's like a big gummy worm.

  • Oh, look at that, wow.

  • That is cool looking.

  • And he's all bumpy and they can

  • completely change the structure of their body.

  • See how, oh the spikes are starting to go away.

  • When he's out of the water, he just

  • kind of turns into a glob of goo.

  • He looks like a pickle.

  • Sea cucumber, not a vegetable, actually an animal.

  • This ecosystem in incredibly diverse,

  • from various crab species, to giant black sea slugs.

  • And there it is.

  • Can I pick it up?

  • - You can, it's totally safe.

  • - And it's not going to ink me?

  • - Might be a little slimy, but that's it.

  • - Woah, look at that.

  • - [Mark] Woah.

  • - Alright, here we go.

  • Oh my gosh is it slimy.

  • Oh, ho ho, look at that slug.

  • Oh my gosh, it is heavy

  • I can feel him gripping onto my arm.

  • I mean I can feel him actually like

  • wrapping around me.

  • And while it's rather easy to come

  • across slugs and crabs, there are also

  • a handful of creatures that you

  • must look more closely to find.

  • Wow, look at that.

  • This pool is filled with little tiny snails.

  • It's like a whole society of them living in here.

  • I feel like a giant right now picking one up.

  • Look how tiny that guy is.

  • That is awesome.

  • The brittle star, navanax, isopod, and sea star

  • are just a few that look as if

  • they're from a science fiction novel.

  • The creation of Beyond the Tide

  • was heavily influenced by one of my favorite books,

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

  • As a kid, I often dreamed of encountering

  • a giant tentacle armed creature.

  • And while I am not likely to see

  • any monsters of the deep here in the tide pools,

  • there is the chance of coming across the next best thing.

  • That is, if I can catch one.

  • - [Man in Brown Hat] Mark, got an octopus.

  • - [Mark] Hold on.

  • - [Man in Brown Hat] Come up, come up, come up.

  • It's going right over this rock.

  • - [Mark] I'm trying, I'm trying, I'm trying.

  • Okay, get on this side, it's right here.

  • Can you see it's tentacles right there?

  • Look at that.

  • He's not moving.

  • Oh, oh, oh, no he is, he is.

  • Ready?

  • I'm flipping it back, ready?

  • There it is right there.

  • There it is.

  • Look at that.

  • Okay, ah, I'm just going to pick it up.

  • I'm going to pick it up before

  • it gets underneath the rock.

  • - [Mark] Yep.

  • - Look at that!

  • Yes!

  • There we go.

  • That is a two spot octopus right there.

  • Holy cow does that feel weird.

  • All those little, all those little

  • suction cups going over my fingers.

  • Wow he is suctioned right to me.

  • Look at that blob.

  • Alright, hand me the little container.

  • We gotta get him back in water as quick as we can.

  • Alright, I'm going to put my hands

  • down in the water just like this,

  • and hold him there in position.

  • Wow is that not look like an alien from another planet.

  • Look at that.

  • Okay, I've just got him cradled right in that water there.

  • Alright, you got an eye on him?

  • - [Mark] Yup.

  • - Watch him, I'll fill this up with water.

  • Hold on a second.

  • Don't let him get away, Mark.

  • (slow dramatic music)

  • You see him, you see him?

  • - [Mark] His camouflage is incredible.

  • - That is amazing.

  • Okay, let's just get a shot of that

  • while you can see him there.

  • Camouflaged and look at how he can almost

  • morph the shape of his body to fit

  • all of these little plants.

  • If you didn't know what you were looking at there,

  • you'd have no idea there was an octopus.

  • Hold on, this might be a little cavern right here.

  • I don't want him to get into that.

  • Alright, I'm going to get him back on my hand.

  • Hopefully not take a bite.

  • And into the cube.

  • Yes!

  • Yes dude that is our first octopus of Beyond the Tide.

  • Look at that thing.

  • Alright, let's get up a little bit of ways

  • from the edge of the water and

  • get him in front of the cameras.

  • This is so cool.

  • There are no words that can describe

  • how excited I am right now to have captured an octopus.

  • Now this is the two spot and the way that I know that

  • is it has two very distinct blue rings

  • on the side of it's body.

  • They almost look like a second set of eyes.

  • This is used as a defensive tactic against predators.

  • Let's say something comes in and says,

  • "Mmm, that looks like something I would eat."

  • This octopus will puff up it's body

  • and those blue rings look like big spooky eyes

  • that will potentially scare off

  • something that's going to turn him into a meal.

  • No one really cool feature about the octopus

  • is it's ability to camouflage with it's environment.

  • When you see it here inside this clear container,

  • and it's pretty easy to see, but

  • when they're out there in the tide pools,

  • they can actually change the color

  • of their skin to match the substrate that's around them.

  • They're also able to completely morph the shape

  • of their body to fit in between rocks and crevices.

  • Makes these creatures incredibly difficult to capture.

  • So when I flipped over that rock and

  • I saw it, we had to move quick

  • because it will squeeze right down

  • into crevices and disappear.

  • Now the octopus breaks down into two basic parts.

  • The big pear shape on top, that's called the mantle.

  • And of course up front, you have these tentacles,

  • and they're covered in these little tiny suction cups.

  • They use those suction cups as tactile tools.

  • It helps them sense their environment

  • and also helps them taste and smell

  • what it is that they're looking for

  • when they're out there hunting.

  • Now there are two methods that octopus

  • use to capture their prey.

  • They will either lie in ambush

  • waiting for something to come to them,

  • or they will aggressively pursue

  • something they want to eat.

  • And what they do is they wrap

  • their tentacles around something really quickly,

  • encompass it, and use their beak to

  • drill a whole into like, let's say the shell

  • of a mollusk, inject a toxin, that causes

  • paralysis, and then they're able to

  • scoop out the body and eat it.

  • Now one thing that octopus are famous for

  • is the fact that they can ink.

  • And you may be saying to yourself,

  • "Coyote, how did you catch this

  • creature and not have it ink all over you?"

  • Well, I'm not trying to eat the animal,

  • and I was handling it as gently as possible.

  • Now when they actually exude that ink

  • from their body, they don't shoot it out.

  • They slowly leak it out and then

  • the siphon on the side of their body

  • projects a jet stream of water that

  • (poofing)

  • creates a cloud allowing them to escape.

  • That's one cool defensive tactic

  • to be able to escape your potential predators.

  • - [Mark] So Coyote, why do we

  • keep the octopus in a container like that?

  • - Well because this is an aquatic animal,

  • it's real important for it to stay in the

  • water as much as possible.

  • It is breathing oxygen through the water,

  • but I can take it out of there,

  • and I'm sure you guys are thinking to yourselves,

  • "What does that octopus feel like, Coyote?"

  • Let me try to coax it out here.

  • There we go.

  • Just want to be as gentle as possible.

  • Got it.

  • Ahh, look at that.

  • And it feels like I've just sneezed into my hand

  • and a giant booger is slinking across my hands.

  • You don't believe me?

  • Mark, stick your hand out there

  • for everybody and tell them,

  • tell them exactly what that octopus feels like.

  • - [Mark] Oh wow, it really does feel like a cold booger?

  • - Doesn't it?

  • - [Mark] Oh yeah, I can definitely

  • feel the suction cups too.

  • - One big suctiony, wiggly booger.

  • Gross.

  • It doesn't really smell like anything.

  • Just like salt water.

  • Put it back into the container there.

  • Come here you.

  • That is one interesting looking creature.

  • And I'm in complete awe of this animal right now.

  • Now this is considered to be one of the