Nobody understands the unfair pressures of Valentine’s Day on a brand new relationship like Raspberry the octopus.
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Each year, the Seattle Aquarium celebrates this holiday by putting on what is essentially a sex show starring giant Pacific octopuses: It throws a male and a female together in a “blind date” in the hopes that they’ll mate.
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For the second year in a row, this event, like many blind dates, hasn’t gone as planned. Last year, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the aquarium canceled the event out of the fear that the male, named Kong, might eat his mating partner, a solid reason to back out of a date if we’ve ever heard one.
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This year, the show fell through for a different reason: Aquarium staff found out that the female, Raspberry, had already mated before arriving at the aquarium, so her eggs were already fertilized. Her would-be date, a male named Pancake, wouldn’t have much more to offer.
So instead of mating for an audience, Raspberry was sent back to sea, which honestly sounds like a much better deal. Enjoy your freedom, girl.
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