Posted by: John Kirk on January 29th, 2006
It was an event that truly that seemed to have leapt from the pages of an enthralling Jules Verne novel. Astonished members of a SubOceanic Sciences Canada team could hardly believe their eyes when a Seaeye Falcon remotely operated vehicle was attacked by a Pacific Giant Octopus (Octopus dofleini) off Vanocuver Island. The entire incident was caught on video and can be see here.
The Giant Pacific Octopus is not quite as large as a Jules Verne fantasy beast, but it can be lethal to divers as a result of its ability to smother divers. Fortunately the possibly hungry or senile beast attacked a submarine this time and not a human being.
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.