Octokiss

octokiss.jpg An aquarium director kisses an octopus goodbye before setting it free in the ocean to mate before dying. Larger version of photo here, along with the beautiful story behind it. (Image: Kitsap Sun / Thanks, Steve Silberman!)

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  1. Right. Don’t try to tell me the octopus wasn’t thinking “It’s gonna eat me after all.”

  2. Yeah, beautiful story – poor octopus has only months to live and is getting his first taste of freedom after years of putting up with this guy’s sexual harassment at work. Sheesh. This story is just depressing.

    1. According to the article, Mr. Bob is 3-4 years old and has spent “nearly a year” at the aquarium.

  3. Yup, if the guy who’d have kept me in a cellar for 50 years, under controled climate and with all the toys he’d judge that i need, if that guy kissed me goodbye when setting me free with only little to live…

  4. “Nice try, Inky! While those seven tentacles of yours push me away, I can feel that lone eighth tentacle ever beckoning me closer, closer, closer…. in fact, it’s tickling my balls even as I kiss you! Now let’s get this over with so you can go mate and die!”

  5. 50,000 years from now our cephalopodic masters will find this picture in our ancient internets and think to themselves, “I guess they weren’t _all_ bad.”

  6. You’d kiss the octopus too if it had just predicted all the World Cup winners for your office pool.

  7. Starring Lukas Podolski as Michael, Paul the Octopus as Fredo, and Weena Mercator as The Hopping Woman.

  8. Re: the mollusk’s consent. Y’all probably don’t have much experience with octopuses. They’ll let you know in no uncertain terms if they don’t want to do something.

  9. The aquarium director died poisoned 13 minutes after the kiss…

    Just kidding, guys! =D

  10. Most people used to think that if a cat was released in the wild it would live. Then someone did a study and found that 98% of them died. Here’s hoping Bob is part of that 2%.

    1. Are they releasing the cats into the open ocean too? That might have something to do with it.

      1. “Well, while Fluffy hates water, he does love fish, and I can’t think of anyplace on this earth with more fish than the ocean. Good luck, girl!”

  11. If he’s going to kiss that octopus, every other octopus is going to want a kiss too, and he’ll be there all night kissing octopuses.

    And then he’ll be very popular in a certain segment of Japan’s film industry.

    -Darren MacLennan

  12. “An aquarium director kisses an octopus goodbye before setting it free in the ocean to mate before dying. Larger version of photo here, along with the beautiful story behind it.”

    Now the question is who would murder an octopus after mating with it? I think the photo answers that question.

  13. Filming begins on the new live action Squiddly Diddly movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Michael Caine.

  14. I hear these creatures are fairly intelligent, and although I’m sure the octopus appreciates this, now that it’s not truly a virgin, I wonder if it will ever find a willing mate, after all?

  15. It makes me so happy to see a man capable of so much love and caring for an octopus. That’s sounds sarcastic, but I really mean it. We should all be like that. To all living creatures. (Except maybe bugs that bite. They’re on my doom list.)

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