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February 14, 2014 at 8:22 PM

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Clearing the way for octopus love


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Before the octopus blind date could take place Friday on Valentine's Day at the Seattle Aquarium, biologist Kathryn Kegel had to get Ace, the male giant Pacific octopus, out of the way so she and another biologist could remove the barrier between the two tanks. Using the suckers on his arms, there are eight as in "octo," Ace could smell Yoyo in the next tank. Ace quickly moved into the large tank and the two seemed to hit it off, joining their 16 arms together. Both Ace and Yoyo weigh about 45 pounds each and are believed to be 2½ to 3 years old. On Saturday and on Feb. 23, octopuses will be released back into Puget Sound. For more information see: seattleaquarium.org

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Yoyo, a female giant Pacific octopus, awaits the removal of the barrier between the two tanks at the Seattle Aquarium as a youngster reaches out to touch one of her eight arms through the tank's glass Friday, the beginning of Octopus Week at the aquarium.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A projection of a giant Pacific octopus is on the floor next to the octopus tanks at the Seattle Aquarium. Octopuses have eight arms and three hearts and are generally reddish in color. They can average about 100 pounds as full-size adults with arms as long as 16 feet.

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I'm kind of surprised that this would happen in Seattle. Shouldn't the prrogressive... MORE

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