THE SHARK CARCASS ENIGMA
SEATTLE, Washington Flushed scarlet, the giant octopus boils through a clear tube. It suckers into the other tank and lumps into a corner, glaring.
"Top predator. Pissed top predator," the look telegraphs.
And in the Seattle Aquarium, it's freakishly true.
For me, the other highlight is human: a dry-suited diver in the 120,000-gallon, 39' x 17' Wall on Washington, centerpiece of the $41m overhaul. Via a helmet mic, he chats with the crowd. "We pump in water from Puget Sound, which is 50 degrees today."
My friend pokes me. "And you're wearing a wetsuit this weekend?"
I start to explain. As a journalist, I'm covering the first U.S. Dive for the Cure. Learners will take the plunge to raise money for breast cancer research, wearing just neoprene. For an authentic experience, true immersion reporting, I need similar gear.
But it's much more fun to say, "yes, cause I'm tough."
For more octopus lore, check out this Anchorage Press article by Lynne Snifka.