Vancouver Aquarium releases lovelorn octopus

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Vancouver Aquarium staff have released a lovelorn octopus into the ocean off the coast of Bowen Island.

The aquarium says the female octopus was seen to be spending more time out of her den, a behaviour associated with looking for a mate.

After getting permission from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, a team helped transfer the octopus to ocean waters, with aquarium staff diving into the water to help it to the ocean floor.

It’s hoped the octopus can find a mate, lay eggs and contribute to the local Giant Pacific octopus population.