California fish market buys big octopus, returns it to ocean
MORRO BAY, Calif. (AP) — Giovanni’s Fish Market in Morro Bay, California, makes its money by selling seafood, but owner Giovanni DeGarimore made news this month when he bought a live 70-pound (32-kilogram) octopus — and set it free.
DeGarimore tells The Tribune of San Luis Obispo he’s had a change of heart about selling or consuming octopus after learning about their intelligence and an experience he had playing hide-and-seek with one while scuba diving in Fiji.
So when his dock manager called last week to say a local fisherman was selling an octopus that had been caught in a crab trap, DeGarimore couldn’t bear the thought of it being cut up.
He says he bought the octopus, named it Fred and temporarily kept it in a tank at his market, then released it.
Information from: The Tribune, http://www.sanluisobispo.com