“If you see seagulls flying all around some sea water, that’s a sign that you need to be wary, fry. Because the seagulls flock to wherever Big Octos appear… BIG OCTOS, I tell you! These things don’t mess around!”

These are the wise words of a Fishman who I, unfortunately, did not get the chance to speak to in my first play through of The Wind Waker, though I really wish I did. I knew my friend told me something about a swarm of seagulls, but I couldn’t remember for the life of me whether it was a good sign or a warning. Unfortunately, it was the latter.

Big Octo

It was fairly early on in the game, right after I had beaten the Dragon Roost dungeon. I recall looking through the telescope out onto the vast sea and I saw there were many birds flying in a circular formation. It, of course, piqued my curiosity, so I sailed in that direction. The sky was clear, the music was adventurous, and everything seemed to be going okay until suddenly the sky turned black.

Without warning, from the depths of the sea, a huge, Kraken-like creature burst through the waves! Oh man, what do I do? I saw its big, bulging eyes sticking out from its squid-like body and concluded from my previous battle with Gohma I would have to hit its eyes — but how? The only thing I had was my grappling hook. I gave it a shot and threw it at the beast, though it seemed ineffective. The suspenseful music played as I drew nearer and nearer to the Big Octo. As an eleven year old, I was starting to get terrified. What happens if the monster gets me? The horrible thoughts flooded my overactive imagination and I reset the game.

Then I thought of something even more terrifying — did I save the game? I quickly started up my GameCube again in a panic and waited in agony to get to my last save file. Thankfully I was smart enough to save after Komali gave me Din’s Pearl. What a relief! Of course there were some rupees and treasures on Dragon Roost that I would have to go and get again, and of course, I would have to cover a bit of sailing once more, but it was worth it to not know how tragically the fight would end between me and the Big Octo.

Later on, in the game, I ran into the Big Octo again, but this time I was ready for him. I laughed with confidence as I whipped out my Hero’s Bow and slung arrows at each and every eye that covered his body. I had nothing to fear anymore, and to this day I have still never been defeated by a Big Octo, and I don’t plan on it anytime soon!