Although this strange behavior from Kurt the octopus may seem out of the ordinary, this case is not the first in which an octopus has seemingly thanked its rescuer. Indeed, in 2013 YouTube user Pei Yan Heng uploaded her similarly weird and wonderful rescue experience to the video-sharing site.
Heng was visiting the Cyrene Reef, Singapore, when, like Helena and her family, she noticed an octopus. It, like Kurt, was dying as it lay stranded on the beach. Believing it had gotten stuck on the sand when the tide went back out, Heng realized that it would need help getting back to where the water’s edge now was.