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Seal Fights Octopus At Ogden Point In Victoria, B.C. (PHOTOS)

02/10/2015 05:41 EST | Updated 02/11/2015 10:59 EST

Looks like this harbour seal bit off a tad more than it could chew at first.

Dozens of people in Victoria were treated to a rare spectacle when a seal tangled with a giant Pacific octopus off Ogden Point in B.C.'s capital on Monday, The Times Colonist reported.

Bob Ianson spotted the fight while walking with his family at around 2 p.m. and snapped some outstanding photos of the encounter.

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Seal Fights Octopus Off In Victoria, B.C.

"It was incredible," he told the newspaper. "It looked like he was bringing it up to show it off."

A seal hunting an octopus is nothing new, but there aren't many photos of them tangling, Vancouver Aquarium research biologist Chad Nordstrom told CBC News.

"Octopus is a regular part of the harbour seal's diet," he said.

This isn't the first time that such a confrontation has been captured by a member of the public — or even in the very same place.

A fight between a seal and an octopus at Ogden Point was posted to YouTube in 2012 (see video above).

As for who won the latest fight — Ianson told the Times Colonist that the octopus had its tentacles around the seal but looked like it conceded defeat.

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