After Diver Kills Octopus, New Rules in Puget Sound
Washington state restricts hunting at 7 spots
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2013 7:27 AM CDT
File photo of a giant Pacific octopus at an aquarium.   (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)

(Newser) – A wildlife panel in Washington state has stepped in to protect the octopuses of Puget Sound, reports the Seattle Times. The state's Fish and Wildlife Commission yesterday banned the hunting of the giant Pacific octopus at seven popular diving sites. The move comes after a gruesome scene last fall when a diving instructor arrived at a Seattle beach and came across a recreational diver beating an octopus to death, reports AP.

After photos of the scene made the rounds, the diving community asked the wildlife commission to put some protections in place, both for the octopuses and their own interests: The octopuses help attract tourist divers. The wildlife panel agreed. "Washington is an important dive location, and protection of the octopus is important both to the dive community and to the economy of the state," says its commissioner. (Sea otters are in a fight of their own further south on the coast.)

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Aug 15, 2013 8:00 PM CDT
Where are all the "progressives," socialists, communists, and liberals up-in-arms about trying to regulate all things that can be used as a bat? Because we all know it wasn't the P.O.S. that was beating the octopus to death that was the problem. Therefore, it must be the stick or bat!
Aug 4, 2013 12:54 PM CDT
There should be a long line to beat that piece of shit to death.
Aug 4, 2013 10:17 AM CDT
they be good eats!