Seattle aquarium cancels octopus sex show because of cannibalism fears?

@TheHorse (50199)
Pleasant Hill, California
February 15, 2016 11:40am CST
A friend of mine just sent this one, and I must admit I had no clue. Apparently, the Seattle WA aquarium has a bit of a sense of humor, and it's been a tradition there to have an octopus sex show on Valentines Day. Well, a male and female octopus are put in the same tank and allowed to do whatever comes naturally. But this year, the show was cancelled, as the aquarium staff feared that the 80 lb male would eat the 40 lb female after copulation. Pity. I also learned that in octopi, females are generally larger than males, and the larger females often eat the male after copulation. I had known this is the case in black widows and praying mantises (especially in captivity--I reckon they're a tad stressed), but I hadn't realized this was the case in octopi. Would you go see an octopus sex show? Did you know that the females often eat the males after copulation? This whole thing kind of reminds me of a certain ex-girlfriend, but I won't go there right now.
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@Asylum (46351)
• Manchester, England
15 Feb 16
This is completely new to me and I am glad that you gave me this advice in time. I have just telephoned the local brothel and cancelled by appointment with the octopus for tomorrow afternoon.
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
15 Feb 16
I'd say this is a wise move. Or you could cancel the "big booty" octopus and go with a smaller one. Then you could have the sushi chef prepare her for a "second go."
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@Asylum (46351)
• Manchester, England
15 Feb 16
@TheHorse I am not that confident that I could even cope with a small one, so I may just make do with the jellyfish again.
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
15 Feb 16
@Asylum Oh my. I think we need to talk.
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@boiboing (12527)
• Northampton, England
15 Feb 16
Better the female eats the male than the other way round or the species would die out.
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Feb 16
Good point. I gather that with some species it happens mostly in adverse conditions.
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@paigea (20040)
• Canada
16 Feb 16
Interesting to read about, but I don't need to watch
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Feb 16
Exactly. I am glad the Seattle Aquarium folks seem to have a sense of humor.
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• Canada
15 Feb 16
I don't think I'd want to witness that, especially the cannibalism part.
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
15 Feb 16
It might make me appreciate my own sweetheart more, though.
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@Platespinner (17594)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
15 Feb 16
I must share this with my husband next time I do something to annoy him .
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Feb 16
Please spare him! I've heard we taste like chicken, and chicken is still readily available.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
19 Feb 16
@TheHorse I was hoping that I would look downright kind and understanding in comparison to the octopi and black widows...
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
19 Feb 16
@Platespinner Perhaps he'll fall for it. Have you ever considered what he's taste like, marinaded in a delicate vinagrette? I believe I've been very close to "tasting like chicken."
@LadyDuck (113626)
• Switzerland
16 Feb 16
Oh my goodness, I would be horrified to see this kind of show. Poor octopus!
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Feb 16
Well, at least they'd prefer not to have them eat each other.
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@jaboUK (49148)
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 16
Like you, I've heard of the spiders doing it, but didn't know about the octupi. My horizon has been broadened!
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Feb 16
Mine too! I wonder what other animals eat each other after mating.
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@kamel622 (317)
• United States
16 Feb 16
I had no idea...I thought it was just the black widow too. Nope, don't think I would go to see it though.
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Feb 16
I don't think I would either. Dolphins, maybe.
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@just4him (85432)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Feb 16
I learn something new every day.
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Feb 16
You and me both!
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
16 Feb 16
this would not be my choice of events to ever go see. O.O
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
18 Feb 16
I think I'd prefer a baseball game or public hanging or something.
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• Centralia, Missouri
19 Feb 16
@TheHorse lol, what horrible options.
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
19 Feb 16
@Jessicalynnt Wait! I put baseball game in there! Spring training has started!
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@amadeo (43944)
• United States
15 Feb 16
I have no interest ini this.A bit too much.
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
15 Feb 16
I just found it amusing. And kind of interesting as well.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21065)
• United States
16 Feb 16
I had no idea. I wouldn't care to see this.
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Feb 16
I doubt I'd be able to tell if they're mating. I see tentacles all over the place in my mind's eye.
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@fishtiger58 (29387)
• Momence, Illinois
16 Feb 16
I had no idea, and I'm pretty sure I would pass on that little show.
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Feb 16
Maybe if I was already there...
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@JudyEv (92196)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Feb 16
I knew about the spiders but didn't know octopi did this too. Kinky!
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@Corbin5 (74410)
• United States
15 Feb 16
Well, that is just too gross for this lady. Nope, something I would surely avoid watching. Ewwwwwww!
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Feb 16
I never thought of octopi as particularly beautiful. And Oh baby, I'm about to ink! just doesn't do it for me.
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@DianneN (55010)
• United States
15 Feb 16
No thanks, for either.
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@DianneN (55010)
• United States
16 Feb 16
@TheHorse Lol!!!!!!
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@freak369 (4702)
• United States
8 Jun
I have seen octopi open jars to get a treat out of it, squeeze through the smallest holes to escape a boat deck and sneak out of a tank at the zoo. Never saw them mate though.
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Jun
Crafty critters, I reckon. If I die without seeing them mate, I can probably still live a full life.
• Philippines
17 Feb 16
Very interesting! Good to know and more food to my imagination. thanks!
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
18 Feb 16
I think it's kind of sexist that it's accepted when females eat males, but when a big male might eat a female, everyone gets their panties in a bunch. Hmmph.
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@jstory07 (56208)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Feb 16
I do not want to see that show. You should do a evil deed on your x-girlfriend
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
18 Feb 16
Eh, she has enough difficult stuff going on in her life. I don't even want to tell her that she ruined my early "love life."
@garymarsh6 (12117)
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 16
I think one should pick ones partners with great care! I was aware of this but would not go to watch it at a zoo.
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@TheHorse (50199)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Feb 16
I've tried to pick my partners with great care. But I've made some poor choices anyway. None ate me, though.
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