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This Itty Bitty Baby Octopus Is Also a Savage Beast

A photo of an impossibly cute baby octopus ruthlessly tearing apart a baby crab shows that sometimes, the most vicious things come in the smallest packages.


A photo of an impossibly cute baby octopus ruthlessly tearing apart a baby crab shows that sometimes, the most vicious things come in the smallest packages.

The photo came from a team of marine biologists with the lucky assignment of monitoring the coral reef at Hawaii's incredible Kaloko-Honōkohau National Historical Park.

Back in August, the team was rummaging through some of the plastic debris that unfortunately had been found among the coral, and noticed a tiny baby octopus taking refuge in the plastic.

Even though it was only about the size of a fingernail, its big eyes and curly arms made it appear surprisingly animated and wise (not to mention adorable).

Thankfully, the marine biologists were able to release it safely back into the ocean — but not before the little cephalopod got a whole bunch of love on social media.

After the U.S. Department of the Interior tweeted out its photo, some of the loving captions included "Look at this wee squish nugget!" and "I'm totally won over. Sea creatures ... so much to learn, so much to love."

But when it comes to baby octopuses, it's not all fun and games and wee squish nuggets. The same team found another baby octopus in the coral (unfortunately, this one was also hanging on to some plastic debris) and it was a tad more ... wild.

They captured the tiny cephalopod as it was in the middle of attacking, killing and devouring an even tinier baby crab.

In the Facebook post showing off the octopus's conquest, the national park workers suggested that maybe "they aren't so cute?" after all?

But hey, we can't blame this little octopus for needing to chow down. After all, just like one of the commenters on the Facebook post reminded everyone, "Girl's gotta eat."

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