Fred, the 70-pound octopus, caught to eat will be freed back to ocean

The owner of a fish market purchased a 70-pound octopus from a fisherman in Morro Bay, California for the sole purpose of freeing the eight-armed cephalopod back into the ocean.  Giovanni DeGarimore, the owner of Giovanni’s Fish Market has recently stopped selling octopus products after vacationing in Fiji and meeting an octopus while diving. The two played “hide and seek” for at least 15 minutes, firmly convincing DeGarimore how intelligent the sea creatures are.

Less than two-weeks ago, DeGarimore ‘s dock manager told him about the capture of the octopus. Although the fish store owner had made a promise to himself he didn’t want to support those who captured the mysterious creatures, he certainly didn’t want the octopus he soon named Fred to be chopped up into sushi. And so DeGarimore decided saving Fred’s life was worth more than standing on his principles.

Fred was purchased for a $200 and spent a few days in the fish market resting before being freed.

In a statement to The Tribune, Gio said, “It might not change the world, but I’m going to do one thing and if it only makes me and Fred happy that’s ok too.”

Researchers have long contended that octopuses have different personalities, and they have garnered a huge amount of their intelligence living in complex coral reefs, evading predators  and surviving in the perilous world of the sea without any armor to protect themselves.

Pretty awesome don’t you think? Live long and free Fred. Watch those nets and be careful.

Check out an octopus escaping from a boat (not Fred)

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Restaurants serving living, squirming octopus as delicacy

In San Francisco, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently posted a video showing a restaurant serving living, squirming octopus to restaurant goers. According to CBSNews, about a dozen restaurants in New York and San Francisco serve live octopus  in a  traditional Korean dish comprised of moving octopus tentacles, called “sannakji.”

A video filmed by PETA shows a chef cutting up a live octopus. The non-profit animal welfare organization wants to ban the consumption of live animals. In the written statements posted with the video, octopus expert Jennifer Mather makes it clear they feel pain, and they are suffering as they are chopped up piece by piece while still

The video footage below comes from two restaurants in Los Angeles. At T Equals Fish, the legs of the octopus were chopped off. When one of the restaurant owners was asked about the animal feeling pain, he didn’t deny it, however he stated it is a long-standing cultural tradition.

According to National Geographic, octopuses have some of the most remarkable brains in nature – not only are they able to escape through tiny openings because of their soft, boneless bodies, but also have been reported to learn quickly where food is coming from, are curious and have been known to recognize individual faces. Evidence leads to the cephalopods capable of feeling pain just as any animal.

PETA has launched a petition alongside of the video showing a writhing octopus as a sushi chef chops off its legs. They are calling for an end to the “uncivilized, grossly inhumane, and gruesome practice of hacking up and serving live, sensitive animals.”