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Aquarium Cancels Mating Show Fearing Giant Octopus Would Eat Mate

Aquarium cancels mating show fearing giant octopus would eat mate instead of having sex with it. (Seattle Aquarium) Aquarium cancels mating show fearing giant octopus would eat mate instead of having sex with it. (Seattle Aquarium)

The Seattle Aquarium called off its Valentine's Day mating show out of concern a giant octopus would eat its sweeheart instead of having sex with it.

The annual exhibition was cancelled after staff became fearful that Kong, an enourmous, 70-pound octopus, was so big he might mistake a much smaller female for food instead of a sexual partner.

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The females weigh about 30 to 40 pounds. An octopus lives only three to four years and mates before death.The male dies a few months later. The female succumbs after her eggs hatch.

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Instead of conjugating, Kong was released back into Puget Sound, KOMO reported.

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