Cannibalism Concerns Prompt Seattle Aquarium to Cancel Octopus Mating Session

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The Seattle Aquarium canceled an octopus mating session amid fears of cannibalism prompted in part by the sea creature’s size.

Kong was scheduled to be the main attraction at an aquarium event that showcases the mating of the eight-armed creatures.

The aquarium invites visitors to watch an octopus couple mating every year on Valentine’s Day, CNN affiliate KOMO reported. It canceled the event this year because it could not find a female octopus large enough for Kong.

The aquarium was concerned the 70-pound cephalopod could eat the creature it mates with, according to the affiliate. The female octopus available was about half his weight, forcing the aquarium to call off the sex session.

Kong’s size may have saved his life, at least for now, as an octopus dies soon after mating.

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