Octopus Hitches a Ride on a Dolphin’s Private Parts

Well, when you think you’ve seen it all, a story like this comes along!

In the Ionian Sea, researchers conducting the Ionian Dolphin Project were out watching a pod of friendly dolphins. And when one jumped out of the water, they saw something peculiar dangling from the underside of the cetacean.

After the researchers came back and examined the photos more closely, they saw that the peculiar object was none other than an octopus hitching a joyride on the dolphin! Well, it may have not been the best joyride because the dolphin was most likely jumping out of the water so much to dislodge the poor little octopus from its body. A scary joyride if you ask me.

Unfortunately for the dolphin, the octopus seemed to be lodged into its genital slit. Awkward…

Who knows how or why this happened-  maybe the dolphin tried to eat the octopus and the octopus was doing this for payback? Or the octopus just wanted to experience what it was like to swim with dolphins? Maybe the octopus is having an identity (and species) crisis? We will never know. Let’s just be happy that we wear bathing suits (at least most of us) when we are swimming in that big blue! I definitely don’t want an octopus to find a place to become lodged anywhere on my body (too much?..oops). Hahah!


  1. Hmmm. This from the woman who brought us squid sperm. I’m beginning to wonder about you.


    Saw this the other day too….the post said the dolphin finally disengaged the octopus. They surmised that this is the main reason why most fish (I’m using the term loosely here) flash, or rub against sand, coral, or whatever, to dislodge unwanted travel companions….

    1. Hi Linda- It’s not my fault if ocean stories are little kinkier than normal right now! Haha Yes I agree with your last statement- a lot of Orcas rub against smooth rocky bottoms to get off parasites on their skin (and it feels good)- and the list could go on and on. Well I’d hope that octopus finally broke free..couldn’t imagine it would be that much fun being on the underside of a fast moving dolphin slapping you against the surface of the ocean from 6 feet in the air 😉

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Playing catch up and love this slightly bizarre story, just shows there is still so much to learn about our oceans 🙂
    I hope you don’t mind me sharing your blog 😉

    1. Glad you love it! It’s definitely one of those articles I couldn’t pass up passing on to you all..

      Thanks for the reblog- always feel special when that happens 🙂

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