Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
July 30th, 2008 by Dennis G. Jerz

Tree octopus photo

Rainbow Hector would be interested in these heroic efforts to save the Pacific Northwest Tree Ocotopus:

The history of the tree octopus trade is a sad one. Their voracious appetite for bird plumes having exhausted all the worthy species of that family, the fashionistas moved on to cephalopodic accoutrements during the early 20th Century. Tree octopuses became prized by the fashion industry as ornamental decorations for hats, leading greedy trappers to wipe out whole populations to feed the vanity of the fashionable rich. While fortunately this practice has been outlawed, its effects still reverberate today as these millinery deprivations brought tree octopus numbers below the critical point where even minor environmental change could cause disaster.

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  • stephanie writes:
    October 9th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    this is sooo awsome.
    i love octususss(:

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