Scooping the creature up in a clear plastic cup, Heng then carried the octopus to the shallow waves. Gently placing the container in the water, she waited patiently for the creature to find the courage to return to the sea. Heng slightly tipped the creature’s temporary plastic home, and finally, it slid out.
Once returned safely to its ocean home, the octopus took some time to recover. Eventually, the animal was revived and ready to swim away. But not, of course, before thanking its rescuer. And, like Kurt and its saviors, this octopus used its tentacles to show its gratitude. The animal swam towards Heng’s left boot before resting one, sucker-covered arm upon her foot for a while. After some time in which Heng stood still and allowed the creature to touch her, it swam away, leaving the woman knowing the octopus appreciated her kindness.