Octopus attack on unsuspecting crab pulls in over 2m views on YouTube

Credit: YouTube/Porsche Indrisie

A video of an octopus attacking a crab has received over two million views on YouTube.

The footage shows an unsuspecting crab approaching a small rock pool in Yallingup, western Australia.

As the oblivious crab reaches the water's edge the predatory octopus springs from the deep and starts to wrestle the crab across the rocks.

Filmed in west Australia the footage shows the crab being overpowered by the octopus Credit: YouTube/Porsche Indrisie

As the octopus recoils from the claws of the crab the woman who captured the attack - Porsche Indrisie - can be heard yelling, 'There's an octopus eating a crab!'

The women who filmed the encounter can be heard shouting 'There's an octopus eating a crab!' Credit: YouTube/Porsche Indrisie

The attacker quickly overpowers its prey and drags it down beneath the surface and presumably to a grim end.

Although the crab attempts to fight back it seems the element of surprise once again proved too powerful to resist Credit: YouTube/Porsche Indrisie

Commenting underneath her video, Ms Indrisie wrote, "I didn't know why I chose to film this crab, but thought I would try and get closer to it but something else beat me to it."

The last that can be seen of the crab is of it being dragged down into the depths Credit: YouTube/Porsche Indrisie

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