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Seattle Aquarium cancels octopus sex over cannibalism

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We know that humans are bizarre and voyeuristic, and this news out of Seattle is a glaring example. The Seattle Aquarium had invited guests to come and watch the octopus (octopi?) mate for Valentine’s Day, because animal sex is a totally romantic date. Throw in the fact that keeping animals in captivity for show is wrong, and these poor guys have spent their lives crammed in a tank instead of doing cool octopus stuff in the open ocean.You know, whatever they do when they aren’t opening up jars for treats or predicting winning sports teams. Aquariums are just another item on the long list of ways we use and exploit animals.

Kong, the male octopus, is a massive 70 pounds, and zoo staff was scared that he might eat the females who are a considerably smaller weight, about half his size. Oops! Nothing to really spice up a date like some light cannibalism. The date has been cancelled, not because it’s shitty to keep animals locked up, but because Kong eating his lady friend might really crash the party at the aquarium. Octopus have been recorded a small handful of times as being cannibalistic in the wild, but this isn’t run of the mill behavior.

Lucky for Kong, he’ll be released back into the Puget Sound today at noon and live out the life that he deserves. For the females and other creatures living at the Seattle Aquarium, freedom doesn’t look like something officials are willing to grant.
So long, Kong. Meet lots of nice buddies out there in the open water: after all, octopus die after mating only once.

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