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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.

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This little pulpo was clearly surprised to find herself on the deck of Bright Water.
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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.

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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.

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