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Outrage as diver drags live octopus from sea

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:55 PM

A rising tide of outrage is forming after pictures emerged of a 20-year-old diver who dragged a giant Pacific octopus from its watery home and then killed and ate it for his friends art project.

Angry fellow divers from the shore of Seattle took photographs of Dylan Mayer proudly standing with the large octopus and then watched in disbelief as he and his friend tossed the still live 30 pound female onto the bed of his truck before driving off.

http://www.dailymail...ome-dinner.html

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:00 PM

And was hsi defence "but it's for ART!"?

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:09 PM

Hope it chokes him....not enough to kill him, just enough to make him feel the fear and pain that octopus must have felt.


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:20 PM

i would bring it home and cook it also .. whats wrong to eat an octopus?


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:32 PM

I beleive the giant pacific octopus is a protected species. And as such this guy should be charged with poaching and whatever else. I don't care at all that it was an octopus. I only care that the law was broken and this fellow was caught doing it.

At least he did eat it, rather then simply tossing it out on a dirt road somewhere.

Edit: The article actually says the octopus is NOT protected, so no crime... Again, at least he ate it.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:37 PM

According to the article news video, he didn't do anything illegal :unsure2:

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:56 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 04 November 2012 - 10:37 PM, said:

According to the article news video, he didn't do anything illegal :unsure2:

There it's outrage because this is an intelligent animal and we relate it to us.  There is a great documentary on the eating of intelligent animals called, The Problem with Popplers, starring Turanga Leela who explores the issue with anti-eater Lrrr of Omicron Persii 8.  Very controversial stuff.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:00 PM

View PostDieChecker, on 04 November 2012 - 10:32 PM, said:

I beleive the giant pacific octopus is a protected species. And as such this guy should be charged with poaching and whatever else. I don't care at all that it was an octopus. I only care that the law was broken and this fellow was caught doing it.

At least he did eat it, rather then simply tossing it out on a dirt road somewhere.

Edit: The article actually says the octopus is NOT protected, so no crime... Again, at least he ate it.

Nope, it's not. It was caught off West Seattle on Alki beach. You have to have a license to fish for them, and the limit is one. It's really no different than fishing for salmon off the same beach. I can't see why people are so freaked out by it. Is it because it's pretty? Or because people aren't used to seeing them outside a restaurant where theyve just ordered it for dinner?

People fish for octopus in Puget Sound ALL the time. They just don't typically do it off of Alki which is a famous beach, FULL of people all the time, and it's always crowded with scuba divers. I'd imagine the outrage stems from people just never really seeing people hunt octopus before.

I live fairly close to Alki beach and I've even seen these octopus while swimming or sailing in Puget Sound. They are VERY abundant.

Edited by MissMelsWell, 04 November 2012 - 11:03 PM.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:05 PM

People eat fish and other animals all the time.


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:06 PM

View PostLava_Lady, on 04 November 2012 - 10:56 PM, said:

There it's outrage because this is an intelligent animal and we relate it to us.  There is a great documentary on the eating of intelligent animals called, The Problem with Popplers, starring Turanga Leela who explores the issue with anti-eater Lrrr of Omicron Persii 8.  Very controversial stuff.
Um, okay.


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:39 AM

View PostLikely Guy, on 04 November 2012 - 11:06 PM, said:


Um, okay.

Sorry!  I crack myself up!  Hehe...

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:29 PM

I can't see the problem.  I like a bit of octopus and squid.  It's delicious.  I often buy calimari coated in breadcrumbs from the local supermarket.

Some people still haven't cottoned on to the fact that humans are natural omnivores and that seafood is the natural part of the human diet.

Edited by TheLastLazyGun, 07 November 2012 - 07:31 PM.


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Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:32 PM

View PostLava_Lady, on 04 November 2012 - 10:56 PM, said:

There it's outrage because this is an intelligent animal and we relate it to us.  There is a great documentary on the eating of intelligent animals called, The Problem with Popplers, starring Turanga Leela who explores the issue with anti-eater Lrrr of Omicron Persii 8.  Very controversial stuff.

The octopus may be, vaguely, intelligent but I reckon it'd struggle with Einstein's Theory of Relativity.


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:39 PM

View PostTheLastLazyGun, on 07 November 2012 - 07:32 PM, said:



The octopus may be, vaguely, intelligent but I reckon it'd struggle with Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

Hehe... I hope so!  ;)

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:17 PM

Update -

Teen who caught and killed massive octupus now says he regrets it as national outcry could spark statewide ban

http://www.dailymail...tewide-ban.html

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