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Environment
4:55 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Should Giant Pacific Octopus get special protections?

The giant Pacific octopus is native to western Washington. It can grow to 100 lbs in its 3-4-year lifespan and is a highlight for coldwater divers here.
Janna Nichols photo

The giant Pacific octopus is a relatively healthy and abundant creature among the native wildlife living in Puget Sound.

But it’s such an iconic species that the recent killing of one by a young diver near Seattle’s Alki point has others in the community calling for new protections.

The state is accepting nominations for an advisory group that will consider a range of conservation strategies.

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