Seattle Aquarium cancels octopus sex act due to cannibalism concerns

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    EDITOR'S NOTE: This original story below was from February 2016 but somehow got picked up from other sites and began trending again in 2017. The Seattle Aquarium wants everyone to know the Octopus Blind Date is very much on for 2017. More details at

    Original story from Feb. 14, 2016 is below:


    SEATTLE (KOMO) -- The octopus at the Seattle Aquarium won't be getting any love this Valentine's Day.

    Each Valentine's Day the Aquarium invites people to watch the sea creatures mate, but Seattle Aquarium officials tell KOMO News that this year, the chance to watch some 8-armed nooky has been called off.

    Aquarium staff say they're afraid that their male octopus - a 70-pound cephalopod named Kong - is too big for the females who are 30 to 40 pounds, and he may eat them.

    So much for romance!

    Instead of mating, Kong will be released back into the Puget Sound Monday at noon.

    Octopuses only live about three or four years and mate once at the end of their lives.

    Then they die.

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