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Dylan Mayer says it was his idea for a community-college art project that sent him on the octopus hunt that's sparked a furor.

Mayer, 19, said he had no idea the popular dive site at Cove 2 in West Seattle at Alki was informally regarded as a park, or that people would be upset when he hunted a giant Pacific octopus on Wednesday. But he quickly found out.

Dive instructor Bob Bailey, of Federal Way, confronted him on the beach that day, and then posted pictures online of Mayer with the octopus heaved in the back of his pickup. The story went viral, lighting up divers' blogs and generating hundreds of emails.

Continue reading the Seattle Times story.

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