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Giant Pacific Octopus Killing and a Call to Action

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#1 lundysd



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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:35 PM

Fellow dive photo geeks,

Last Wednesday (Oct 31), my Seattle-based dive buddy and I witnessed a pair of young gentleman violently taking a 70lb giant pacific octopus (GPO) from a very well-known dive site (Alki Beach) and throwing it in the back of their pickup truck (for more information visit http://www.raptureof...eep.net/alkigpo). Quite surprisingly this species has been given very little protection, and GPO harvesting is completely legal year-round in the state of Washington. While their behavior is not technically illegal, the event has ignited a huge nationwide controversy and the story has been picked up by several national news agencies including the Associated Press. Rather than dwelling on the negative aspects of this event, however, we have begun a campaign to change these archaic laws and limit the harvesting of GPOs from this and potentially other popular dive sites. Many of you have visited the Pacific Northwest in search of these majestic creatures, and I would like to respectfully ask for your help in petitioning our state fisheries department to change the rules on GPO harvesting. The link can be found at the following site: http://www.divenewsn...84-save-the-gpo

Thanks for your help in saving one of the most amazing underwater creatures I know of!

Scott Lundy
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#2 AllisonFinch


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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:48 PM

I've been following this situation. Pathetic young man....petition signed.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 07:24 AM

Man's inhumanity. Pretty horrible - but have you seen what's going on elsewhere? Man's inhumanity to man. For example, Syria. I'm doing my best to stop fishing in the Egyptian Matine Parks but I wonder if that will be relevant if the bad people in Egypt get their way with the foreigners.


Edited by John Bantin, 03 November 2012 - 07:31 AM.

I buy my own photographic kit. Diving equipment manufacturers and diving services suppliers get even-handed treatment from me whether they choose to advertise in the publications I write for or not. All the equipment I get on loan is returned as soon as it is finished with. Did you know you can now get Diver Mag as an iPad/Android app?


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:43 PM

Petition signed.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:11 PM

Which part of "Leave your bubble, take only photo" does diver not understand?

http://www.grindtv.c...sparks outrage/

Is it young and wreckless? Or just bad scuba training?

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:11 PM

I like David Suzuki's saying; "think globally, act locally"

1st March next year is the end of marine collecting at my favorite local reef, it's taken some time to open the government's eyes to this hidden exploitation of the environment.

Edited by DamonA, 05 November 2012 - 02:15 PM.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:54 AM

Signed, From Florida!

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:35 PM

Can't belief the arrogance of those 'not real divers'
Signed in San Diego

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:17 PM

Thanks everyone! We're taking this to the Dept of Fish and Wildlife tomorrow in hopes of getting an emergency ban on GPO harvest at this dive site. Hopefully this will go well and we can open a dialogue about larger changes in the future.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:06 PM

signed, from bermuda
On the rock that is Bermuda, if anyone is visiting let me know

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 12:44 AM

"They value the life of an octopus and they are threatening a family"


Tha octopus is more intelligent, rarer and more important than he is. IMO