Sybarite: I'm punching my octopus right now.
GoldDude: Bah, I've been punching octopuses/octopi since before it became 'trendy'.
ChipNASA: Sybarite: I'm punching my octopus right now.It has 8 arms?!?!?
Gordon Bennett: GoldDude: Bah, I've been punching octopuses/octopi since before it became 'trendy'.Octopodes.
seumasokelly: I've already punched my octupus twice this morning in the stall at work.
Magnanimous_J: People catch and eat octopi here in Seattle all the time. I usually catch much smaller ones as they hit on squid jigs, and you bet your ass I eat them. Also, no one gives a flying fark. They are not endangered in any way shape or form.This kid did two things wrong. He was hunting in a very popular dive spot. While legal, it is the equivalent walking up to an old lady feeding the ducks at a city park and strangling one of them. And second, he was an unbelievable dick bag about it. If he hadn't been such a huge douche, none of this would have happened.In the end, they will do what they should have done in the first place and make that particular area an underwater park. People who want to spearfish or dive for octos can drive literally a mile down the road to the less crowded side of Alki and dive there.
NickBush24: Would they happen to be of the Pacific northwest arboreal variety?
lohphat: Fowler's Modern English Usage states, 'the only acceptable plural in English is "octopuses"', that "octopi" is 'misconceived', and "octopodes" 'pedantic'.
blatz514: seumasokelly: I've already punched my octupus twice this morning in the stall at work.Please tell me you work at home.
NutWrench: Scott Lundy, a photographer and diver, was at the cove when Mayer surfaced and was seen punching the octopus.So that's what kids are calling it these days.But seriously, this phrase is confusing. Did this guy literally punch an octopus, and if so, WHY? And if not, is this phrase just a really stupid and awkward way to describe catching or killing an octopus?
garumph: Another article said that the diver was punching the octopus because it was wrapping it's tentacles around him. So he was punching it to make it stop.
Honest Bender: "I didn't know they were so beloved, or I wouldn't have done it,"They aren't.
seumasokelly: blatz514: seumasokelly: I've already punched my octupus twice this morning in the stall at work.Please tell me you work at home.Um, OK...I work at home. Do you feel better?/I feel dirty
Rent Party: There was a similar near riot at Seacrest a few years ago when some clown was pulling six gill sharks out on hook and line.
WeenerGord: Rent Party: There was a similar near riot at Seacrest a few years ago when some clown was pulling six gill sharks out on hook and line.What is so special about gill sharks?
Honest Bender: "I didn't know they were so beloved, or I wouldn't have done it,"They aren't. And people don't really care nearly as much as their shrill cries of outrage would lead you to believe. Lay low for a week or so. The east coast hurricane and the recent election should shroud you in white noise until this all blows over./Hunting octopus?//STOP LIKING WHAT I DON'T LIKE!
WeenerGord: How to hunt octopus
Mrs. Beasley: Yes, hunting GPOs is legal in WA. With a license, you can take one per day in season. They are not endangered.The outrage included: (1) said octopus was viewed by many divers recently as it was close-in to shore at Alki so you didn't have to be a strong diver (below 40 feet) to see it. Kind of a nice thing in our 45-degree water and extreme currents. (2) While said octopus was not a "female sitting on eggs," it was a beautiful specimen, probably not a youngster. (3) Said diver, when approached by other divers on shore, told them his "artist friend" asked him for a GPO for his Halloween installment, not for said diver's diner. (4) Said diver did, in fact, punch and continue to punch the GPO until it died because it was fighting him.Even IF said diver was taking a GPO for dinner, its size would render it nearly inedible; even with a light poach and grilling, it would be tough as leather.But, finally, you can't fix douchiness. He was a tool, and the diving community was and is outraged. No one wants to change the law about taking GPOs in season; but since Alki is a walk-in dive site, it is one of the few places in Puget Sound where you can see GPOs up close and personal without being a serious diver. Close Alki to GPO hunting. /Seattle resident
Hector Remarkable: when he took one of the charismatic animalsBy 'charismatic', the author means 'tasty'.
Rent Party: Hector Remarkable: when he took one of the charismatic animalsBy 'charismatic', the author means 'tasty'.They're really not. They're kind of chewy, and as far as north west seafood options go, there are much more appetizing options.And they really are charismatic (which is why I don't eat them.) They are curious and non aggressive (unless you're a douchebag trying to yank them out of their hole and kill them). One of my favorite things to do with new divers that have never seen a live one is to take off my glove and let my fingers drift along the end of a tentacle. They like the heat and will reach out to explore the warmth. Given enough time and nerve, the entire animal will wrap itself around your hand. Getting it to release is sometimes a bit of a challenge.
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