Actor Mark Wahlberg may be filing suit against the Sea Life Aquarium in Carlsbad, Calif. after an octopus attacked his eldest son.
The scary event occurred while Mark and his family – including wife Rhea Durham and their four children, Ella Rae, 7, Michael, 4, Brendon, 1 ½, and Grace, 6-months – were visiting the public aquarium during their holiday together.
“We have a tour guide so she’s like, ‘You have a special treat today, we’ll be able to take you behind the tank and you’ll be able to see the octopus,’” Mark explained to David Letterman on his show Thursday night (August 5). “So this woman pulls out this gigantic octopus, the thing latches on to my son’s arm. It’s got my wife, (it’s) wrapped completely around the lady, and another guy’s just standing there. They can’t get this octopus off.”
My son is freaking out but no sound is coming out of his mouth. So finally we rip the thing off of him. He’s got all these suction marks that look like about 30 little hickeys (bruises). The lady can’t get out, she’s yelling for help… He (the aquarium manager) said it’s never been that aggressive.
Though the audience laughed during the 39-year-old star’s dramatic recollection of the incident, Mark admitted he’s considering taking legal action.
“We haven’t filed yet but if you could recommend a good lawyer… Once the woman who handles the octopus starts freaking out I knew there was a problem. She couldn’t even get away from the thing. She had to have help come running in. Once I got my kid out of there I said, ‘Let’s go!’ I left the lady there. That’s her problem.”