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Watch As Kayak Fisherman Catches Large Pacific Octopus

Who would have thought, that while out for a day of fishing on their kayaks, that one of these angler’s would be lucky enough to hook a very large pacific octopus…not me, that’s for sure. Apparently, the animal was hooked very securely and even with the fisherman’s best efforts to free it, the octopus didn’t survive. While fishing on the Oregon coast for Ling Cod, I have hooked everything from Rockfish to Dungeness crab…sadly no cod. This particular video was shot somewhere at Puget Sound near Seattle, in the Pacific Northwest.

The person who posted the video had this to say:

“Bryce hooked into a octopus which he originally thought was a snag. I was able to get some pretty sweet underwater shots while it was next to his kayak. The octopus was kept and enjoyed. It swallowed a pretty large hook so its survival was unlikely. I used a Kodak Playsport (Zx3) to film this.

This animal was not wasted. Its sacrifice was well respected among those that did eat it. I’m not a biologist of any kind, but a simple search on the internet shows that octopuses are not a rare animal. In fact, there is evidence that suggests they are overpopulated in their range. They have a life-span of 3 to 5 years so I’m guessing because of its size that this one was nearing the end of that span. So, I would rather it be killed quickly and not wasted than it be set free to suffer and starve for the last year or so of its life with a six inch hook in its mouth.”

National Geographic has this to say about the Giant Pacific Octopus:

“The giant Pacific octopus grows bigger and lives longer than any other octopus species. The size record is held by a specimen that was 30 feet (9.1 meters) across and weighed more than 600 pounds (272 kilograms). Averages are more like 16 feet (5 meters) and 110 lbs (50 kilograms).

They live to be about four years old, with both males and females dying soon after breeding. Females live long enough to tend fastidiously to their eggs, but they do not eat during this months-long brooding period, and usually die soon afterwards.”

 

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