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Hatfield releases octopus, seeks replacement

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014

OUTH BEACH — The release of Hatfield Marine Science Center’s resident octopus Wednesday morning was fairly uneventful. Yet it was still notably different from others.

There is no octopus waiting to take the releasee’s place this time.

The giant Pacific octopuses displayed in the Hatfield visitor center are often obtained through donations from fishermen who catch the invertebrates in nets and on lines by accident. With two holding tanks in the back, there’s typically one waiting to go.

But this time, aquarists are asking the public for donations.

“There’s never a time we’re not looking for one,” senior aquarist Colleen Newberg said.

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