Friday, October 22, 2010

The Daily Reminder - Can We Add Harpoons Too?

“Most octopuses will let you get close, maybe even touch them, but normally they’ll try to run once the manipulator gets close,” said Alvin pilot Bruce Strickrott, of his encounter with a deep-sea octopus 2,300 meters down (about 7,500 feet) in the Gulf of Mexico. This female was docile and, instead of swimming away, grabbed the submersible’s robotic manipulator arm, used for picking up samples of seafloor rocks and organisms.

If they can’t strangle a diver, they will mess up your equipment. I wish we could figure some way to zap them with a full charge of electricity that makes their heads explode. That will discourage them from their compulsion to touch EVERYTHING.

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