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Our new anchoring approach creates a small void space inside the tautline hitch, around the chain links. In the Mediterranean Sea they use small glass bottles with narrow necks as Octopus traps.

This little pulpo was clearly surprised to find herself on the deck of Bright Water.
She was a nice nylon rope yellow combined with a galvanized chain brown when Nancy first saw her, but by the time we’d found the camera she was a glowing starboard beige with gelcoat white highlights.

The last time I held an octopus (or an octopus held me) this way, my buddy Kevin and I were ten feet apart shaking hands with the same octopus in Hood Canal, 60′ down. This time was just as cool. Ten seconds later she returned to the sea. I still miss her.