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    6-foot octopus found in Ohio River

    Headline and Article from the Indy Star:

    A fisherman pulled a 6-foot octopus out of the Ohio River while fishing at an Indiana State Park.

    A fisherman pulled this octopus from the Ohio River on Monday. A state naturalist said the salt water animal was likely placed in the river by someone. - Paul McLean, Jeffersonville, Ind.

    David Stepp was using a net when he found the creature on Monday.
    The octopus was dead. The fisherman was a little shaken.

    "He thought it was a squid. He was pretty surprised," said Jeremy Beavin, a state aquarium specialist for the Falls of the Ohio State Park, where the catch was made.

    Beavin said the octopus may have been purchased at a fresh fish market and dumped into the river in order to scare someone. Because it appeared to be a Pacific Coast octopus, it was unlikely to have been transported from the sea - which often occurs when strange creatures like sharks and snakes are pulled from Midwestern waterways.

    Officials are not sure how it died.

    "It's a salt water creature so it was not going to live long anyway," said Beavin. "It looked pretty fresh. There were no signs of any biting from other fish."

    "My guess is it was probably put there deliberately. Someone could have gotten it at a Wal Mart."

    In 1999, a smaller octopus was pulled out of the same river. And a few years ago, a South American crocodile was found (alive) in the river.
    Here is your weird/creepy story of the day.
    All the more reason not to swim in the Ohio River.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    Headline and Article from the Indy Star:



    Here is your weird/creepy story of the day.
    All the more reason not to swim in the Ohio River.
    Are they sure it was not a mutated fish? It would not be the first time.
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    That always reminds me of the stories of parahnas in Denver's City Park Lake.

    People fishing for trout or pan fish sometimes catch one of these bitey characters, presumably released by pet owners.
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    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
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    Maybe some of the Ohio Redwings fans got upset when the team was ousted in the first round and dumped the poor things in their local watercourse.

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    Do they typically sell 6 foot octopuses at wal-mart?

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner
    Do they typically sell 6 foot octopuses at wal-mart?
    Accoriding to the state aquarium specialist....YES

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    Good thing someone found him! I've been looking for Ol' Inky for almost a week now.

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    Wow an octopus in the ohio river... Now I bet it was either a high school prank or ecoterrorists trying to scare us saying it's global warmings fault (global warming is also the cause of the Israel/Lebanon war and AIDS... )

    Now if Mel Gibson had found it, it would be the jews fault.

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    Quote Originally posted by SkeLeton
    ...ecoterrorists trying to scare us saying it's global warmings fault (global warming is also the cause of the Israel/Lebanon war and AIDS... )

    Now if Mel Gibson had found it, it would be the jews fault.
    And since George Bush caused global warming, Wal-Mart domination, and the Christian revolution, I guess it's actually really his fault.
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    Quote Originally posted by biscuit
    Good thing someone found him! I've been looking for Ol' Inky for almost a week now.
    I bet it was killed by the shock wave from my birthday cake/barge explosion you caused on Monday...

    It was among the first stories on the TV news last night (slow news day in these parts I guess). Another was caught in '99 (a measly 1-footer). They've also seen pirrhana, other tropical predatory fish whose names I can't recall, and crocs/gators have been pulled from the Mighty O from time to time as well.

    I guess the 20' catfish that supposedly dwells by the locks is none-too-happy about missing out on a little tropical delicacy.

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker
    I guess the 20' catfish that supposedly dwells by the locks is none-too-happy about missing out on a little tropical delicacy.
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