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To celebrate Valentine's Day, officials at the Seattle Aquarium wanted to allow visitors to watch a live mating between two octopuses.
The annual octopus mating event is open to the public and was set to take place at noon on Sunday.
But aquarium workers couldn't find an appropriate mate for Kong, a 70-pound octopus. They canceled the "blind date" event because they feared that he would eat any female octopus with whom they could potentially pair him. All the female octopuses whom they had considered weighed 30 to 40 pounds -- half Kong's weight.
Instead, divers swam with the giant "bachelor" octopus while visitors watched.
The eight-legged cephalopods are terminal breeders who die soon after mating and reproducing.