Target: Washington State Wildlife Commission
Goal: Commend the Commission for protecting areas of the Giant Pacific Octopus’ habitat
The Giant Pacific Octopus (GPO) now has portions of the Pacific coast where they are safe from being harvested. This is a very positive growth opportunity for the octopi that reside in the waters that are protected. This ruling means that the octopi are to be left alone in the protected waters; there will be no harvesting or disruption allowed.
The Washington State Wildlife Commission came to this ruling after an uproar last year in regards to a GPO that was caught and killed by a couple of swimmers at Alki Cove 2, in Seattle. The two men involved snatched the Octopus from the cove, struck its mantle repeatedly to kill it, then threw it in the back of their pickup truck. Two other divers present watched this take place, and after questioning the men, decided that this beautiful creature needs protection from those that aim to harm them. The GPO surprisingly had only a few areas to reside- Marine Protected Areas- where it was protected, otherwise harvesting of GPO was legal, with a license and on a per-day limit.
Protection for the octopus will take place this fall. Let’s commend the Wildlife Commission for this protection, and urge that they keep the ball rolling and protect all areas the GPO calls home.
Many people have been behind this ruling. The GPO is the world’s largest species of octopus. The fact that it resides in such an accessible area is amazing and should not be abused. People come from all over to dive in GPO waters, with a great chance of a sighting. This movement is a great start in keeping the GPO safe; sign this petition to show your support and urge more protected waters to be established in the future.
Dear Washington State Wildlife Commission,
Thank you for taking action for the Giant Pacific Octopus and protecting many different bodies of water they call home. The Giant Pacific Octopus is majestic and deserving of utmost protection from human-influenced brutality. This once unprotected species is now on its way to thriving without human interruption, thanks to your rule of protection for Pacific coastal waters.
The incident last year, with the Giant Pacific Octopus that was murdered in West Seattle and used for bragging rights, was a devastating representation of what happens to unprotected creatures when they come across the wrong human. Laws that work in the favor of animals are what it takes to deter some individuals from aggressively displaying speciesism. Your acknowledgement of the need for protected waters is much appreciated.
I urge you to consider even further protection for the Giant Pacific Octopus, and the waters they reside in. Protecting them in the many places you did is an amazing step; please consider protection for all waters. This also seems a fitting time to research for other amazing creatures that do not currently have protective rights, in order to avoid a similar devastating occurrence with another species. Your efforts and compassion are greatly recognized and appreciated.
[Your Name Here]
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