Giant Pacific octopus wraps itself around diver's face near Port Hardy, B.C.

I'm glad that they were the ones involved. I surely would have panicked.

Dickinson put her hand over the regulator in her mouth as a precaution, but was otherwise comfortable allowing the animal to explore.

As soon as Hildering knew everyone was safe, her educator brain kicked in and she pulled out her camera — it was a perfect opportunity to show true octopus behaviour.

”My whole reason for writing the blog and sharing the pictures was to dispel the idea that they’re somehow monstrous or kraken-like,” she said.