US: ‘Outrage as diver, 20, drags LIVE octopus from ocean and takes it home for dinner’

Posted on November 4, 2012

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Today (4th November), an item was posted on dailymail.co.uk titled ‘”I eat it for meat… it’s just a different animal”: Outrage as diver, 20, drags LIVE octopus from ocean and takes it home for dinner’.

‘… A rising tide of outrage is forming after pictures emerged of a 20-year-old diver who dragged a giant Pacific octopus from its watery home and then killed and ate it for his friends art project.

Angry fellow divers from the shore of Seattle took photographs of Dylan Mayer proudly standing with the large octopus and then watched in disbelief as he and his friend tossed the still live 30 pound female onto the bed of his truck before driving off.

Their shock turned to horror as a grinning Mayer posted images of himself measuring the now dead octopus onto his Facebook account and now is in the position of having to justify to the diving community why he hunted the gentle and intelligent animal …

‘As they were coming in you could tell the octopus was alive. It was writhing around and they were wrestling with it,’ said Bob Bailey who witnessed Mayer bring the octopus to shore.

‘Its just not done. It’s bad form. Even if you can do it, you shouldn’t do it.’

Admired by marine experts for their agile intelligence and ability to change colour to match their surroundings, the giant Pacific octopus is not protected but is not usually hunted for food.

However, Mayer defended his decision to catch the cephalopod, claiming that his friend needed his help.

‘I eat it for meat. It’s no different than fishing. It’s just a different animal,’ said Mayer to Komo News.

‘He wanted me to get something from nature, so I got an octopus. I caught it, and then these divers came up and started yelling at me. I ignored them and ended up driving away.’

Thousands of scuba divers from across the world visit Puget Sound off the coast of Seattle in the hope of seeing the giant Pacific octopus …

The uproar caused by Mayer has led to the 20-year-old receiving dozens of threatening phone calls and abusive emails.

The wannabe rescue diver has said that he has been demonised by the local scuba community …

The game warden who inspected the catch also said that that despite doing nothing wrong, Mayer could have acted with more sensitivity.

‘I think the timing, manner and place where the harvest occurred may be the issue. It could have been done at a better time,’ said Wendy Willette …’

Read the item in full, view images and video, at www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227498/I-eat-meat–just-different-animal-Outrage-diver-20-drags-LIVE-octopus-ocean-takes-home-dinner.html

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