Aquarium Scraps Their Plans For Valentine’s Day Octopus Sex, Blames It On Cannibalism!

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Life’s tough when you’re an octopus lookin’ for a date.

Kong is a 70-pound male octopus living at the Seattle Aquarium and, as is tradition every Valentine’s Day at the conservation center, the eight-tentacled creature was all set to get hooked up with a female mate.

Now, unfortunately for Kong, that tradition was scrapped — and it’s all due to cannibalism concerns!

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See, every year at the aquarium, marine biologists have traditionally held an octopus “blind date,” where they mate a male octopus with a new female to make some babies.

This year, Kong is the male octopus, but because he weighs literally twice as much as the aquarium’s options for a better half — they all weigh between 30 and 40 pounds — officials were worried Kong won’t mate with them, but EAT them instead!!!

Tim Carpenter, the Seattle Aquarium’s fish and invertebrate curator, spoke to about the blind date, and the decision not to let Kong at the much smaller female octopi:

“We’ve never seen an animal that was ready to mate that was smaller than 35 pounds. Beyond that, we won’t even bother. A blind date is a blind date, and you never know how it’s going to go.”

Ain’t that the truth.

We just can’t be having, um, that sort of eating on a blind date… never mind.

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The point is, the aquarium canceled the mating tradition this year, and instead they’ll have a diver swim around the tank with Kong before they send him back off into the ocean this week.

Poor guy.

Hopefully he can find a little lovin’ out at sea with a cephalopod his own size!

[Image via Seattle Aquarium.]

Feb 15, 2016 2:29pm PDT

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