How to Escape...
A Giant Octopus.
(From Joshua Piven and the fine folks at Worst Case Scenario.)
1. Pull away quickly.
2. If you do not escape, do not go limp. Octopi tire easily, so continue to put pressure on the arms by attempting to swim away.
3. Prevent the octopus's arms from wrapping around your arms.
4. Peel the suckers from your body. Give the octopus a spear, raft, surfboard, or other object to latch on to. Work quickly, before the arms grab you.
5. Detach the octopus from its anchor.
6. Turn somersaults in the water to irritate the octopus.
7. Swim towards the surface.
I think what intrigues me about this is most of the tips could easily apply to a toxic relationship. Ever been entangled by one of those? Read through the steps again, and see what might apply. Pull away quickly (go for a clean break.) No limping out. Peel that sucker from your body, and if necessary, deflect them to another source. Better do this quickly, before they suck you back in. Turn somersaults (or whatever else it takes) to irritate this person, then swim with all you've got toward breathable air.
Ever been attacked by an octopus? A wild animal? A toxic stalker?