Monday, February 3, 2014

Octopuses and Orcas

  I just learned about something very odd that use to happen in Puget Sound back in the sixties: Octopus wrestling. The sport involved divers who swam around the sound in search of an unsuspecting and ill-fated octopus. The poor octopus would be forcibly removed from it's home, usually an underwater cave, and then it would be cajoled into a battle with an eager diver. After inevitably loosing, the octopus would be dragged to the water's surface where the captor could show off the defeated octopus. Poor octopuses! I am glad that this sport is no longer popular. I can think of a way better sport that diver's should do with octopuses: Octopus dancing. I have observed the octopuses at the Seattle Aquarium. Their long tentacles are like ribbons fluttering in the wind. Their slow movements are filled with grace. During octopus dancing, a diver would lure an octopus out of it's cave, preferably with some sort of octopus treat. Then, the diver would do a sort of bow in the direction of the octopus. If the octopus does not scurry away back to it's home, the diver then begins to dance. It will have to be an odd sort of swim-dancing, but I am sure any enterprising diver could figure out an acceptable dance. Hopefully, the octopus will join in with the dancing. If not, I'm sure the diver will still had fun dancing under the water. (more on Octopus Wrestling.)
  Speaking of water, I went to Orcas Island with a group of friends a couple of weeks ago. We stayed in a cabin near the water. One of the days we were there, we walked to the beach. I befriended an adorable dog. As you can see, he features prominently in many of these pictures.


Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Great shots, and the dog looks like he's having fun!

Erik Bartlam said...

That is the creepiest thing I've ever heard...and I've gotten in the water where there were gators before. Those things are so spooky lookin'.

The pictures are very nice though.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Octopus wrestling?? Sounds like a new reality show in the making lol.

Amber said...

Marieken- Thanks! The dog was so friendly.
Erik- For some reason I think of octopuses as being really gentle, although I am sure I'd be pretty scared if I ran into one while swimming. But still, gators sound way scarier!
Keith- haha! You are right, it really does!

Autumn Elixe said...

Love all the pics - beautiful scenery and the blue shoes. Leaf stories and pics would be a great teacher project to inspire his/her kids with creative writing and creative artwork.

Amber said...

Thanks Autumn!