<p>Despite the strong human presence on the coast, an <a href="http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/common-octopus/">octopus</a> is curious about snow-covered Vesuvius.</p> <p><i>(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2011 <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/photo-contest/">National Geographic Photo Contest</a>.)</i></p>

Octopus, Italy

Despite the strong human presence on the coast, an octopus is curious about snow-covered Vesuvius.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest.)

Photograph by Pasquale Vassallo

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