When Mr. Bob came to the Poulsbo Marine Science Center last August he only weighed a pound. Yesterday, the day he was released into Liberty Bay to find a mate before he died, the formerly minute octopus weighed a robust 50 pounds and measured nearly 10 feet from tip to tip. "I don't want him to die in a tank," Poulsbo director Patrick Mus told the Kitsap Sun before giving Mr. Bob a farewell kiss. Heartwarming human-cephalopod make-out session after the jump.
Mr. Bob was released near the same location that his predecessor, Mr. Sam, was last June.
Mr. Bob's pale color indicated he was stressed. Mus had to climb in the water to give Mr. Bob some extra convincing. But after forcing him out of the bucket, Mus was able to offer him wishes for a good life and bid him goodbye.
And this marks the first and last time I ever get misty-eyed over an octopus.