Hand carved sterling silver Octopus pendant #409. Octopus were often called devilfish by the early settlers and by many natives. I couldn’t tell you why as I think they are one of the most fascinating creatures on the planet! I told the story of the children tormenting a baby octopus on the Little Octopus Pendant page so I will tell you my personal adventures with Octopus. Dave Lapof and I ran an inside dragger named William J for a season. One fine day as I was shoveling several tons of crab back into the sea from which we had plucked them I found a small octopus about two feet from arm tip to arm tip. after some discussion we decided that this little octopus was too cool to throw back without taking it home to show our children. We put him in a bucket with some fresh sea water and put a piece of plywood on top with a heavy weight on the plywood. in about half an hour I looked up from my shoveling labors just in time to see our little octopus scuttling out the scupper and into the sea! The octopus that frequent the Salish Sea are named “The giant Pacific Octopus”. How giant is giant? We were invited to dinner at some friends and had Octopus for the main course. Delicious! I called one of the local fish processors that was buying from the draggers and asked if they ever got octopus brought in? She said ‘Yes”. she said thy had one right now so I asked her to hold it for me and I would get it in the morning. OK! $.50 per pound Great! The next morning I went in with $30 cash and my check book when they had put the Octopus in my truck and I went to pay the bill she said $128.00. $.50 a pound? That is 256 pounds with no insides no eyes and no beak! I took it to the building site and we spread out a new clean sheet of plastic then spread the octopus out on it and it measured 22 feet from arm tip to arm tip! Giant Pacific Octopus!