So I'm pulling into the parking lot at Cove 2 around 4:45 today. My buddy Mark is already there. As I'm getting out of the car I see two guys surface swimming in, towing what looks like a large octopus. I said to Mark "what are they doing? They must've found a dead one somewhere." He said no ... they were punching it as they were towing it in, and it was obviously alive. So I walked down to the water's edge as they were dragging it ashore and asked them what they were doing.
"Hunting octopus", says one of them ... "I went to school for this, I know what I'm doing."
"Oh, you went to octopus hunting school ... and did they tell you it's seriously uncool to take octopus from popular dive sites? People come here to see those."
"So", he says ... "it's legal, and there's lots of them down there. I might come back tomorrow and get another one."
I tried explaining to the guy that female octos use this cove to lay their eggs. He told me this one was on eggs ... now it's not.
This guy was a young fellow, serious smart-ass, from the gear I'd say a fairly new diver. My dive buddy took some pictures of him and his pickup truck, with the octopus in the back. We'll post them later. Lundy also got some shots. I'd like to identify this fellow ... and if possible find out where he's getting his fills ... and where he went to "octopus hunting school".
When I tried explaining to him that I don't have a problem with hunting, but it's bad form to take these critters from popular dive sites he said he didn't care ... that there was nothing we can do to prevent him. Maybe not ... but I want his identity public. I want the shop who fills his tanks publicly identified ... and let the diving public decide what, if anything, can be done.
The guy is young ... maybe 20'ish. He was wearing a hoodie that said "Tahoma Lacross" on the front and "Mayer" on the back. I'm assuming that's his last name. He drives a red pickup truck. I'll post the pictures when I get them ... probably later tonight or tomorrow. If anyone can identify this guy, I think we all need to know who to watch out for.
The guy told me I was being an asshole. Yup ... I can be at times, and this is one of those times. I plan to do everything in my power to let him know just how much of an asshole I can be. And, if possible, to make it financially unwise for any dive shop in the area to fill this guy's tanks. Seems to me that the only power we have to stop this sort of activity is the power of public opinion ... it's time to use it.
... Bob (Grateful Diver)
Threats and ultimatums are never the best answer. Public humiliation via Photoshop is always better - airsix
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