Times: Diver surprised by reaction to his octopus hunt

Times: Diver surprised by reaction to his octopus hunt

Credit: BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Dylan Mayer, 19, of Maple Valley, said he did nothing illegal and the octopus was at the end of its life. Mayer also said he butchered it properly and gave most of the meat away.

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by LYNDA V. MAPES / The Seattle Times

NWCN.com

Posted on November 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 4 at 11:22 AM

Dylan Mayer says it was his idea for a community-college art project that sent him on the octopus hunt that's sparked a furor.

Mayer, 19, said he had no idea the popular dive site at Cove 2 in West Seattle at Alki was informally regarded as a park, or that people would be upset when he hunted a giant Pacific octopus on Wednesday. But he quickly found out.

Dive instructor Bob Bailey, of Federal Way, confronted him on the beach that day, and then posted pictures online of Mayer with the octopus heaved in the back of his pickup. The story went viral, lighting up divers' blogs and generating hundreds of emails.

Continue reading the Seattle Times story.

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