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The Soul of a Fish Monger

the smartest critter spared from the grill

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When Giovanni DeGarimore went scuba diving in Fiji a few years back, he was astonished at the intelligence of an octopus. He came across a playful octopus, and, he says, "We played a game of hide and seek for 15 minutes under the ocean."

He knows his ocean critters, you see, because he is the owner of Giovanni's Fish Market in Morro Bay. California. And when he got word that a local crab fisherman was selling a 70-pound cephalopod that he had hauled up in his crab pot, DeGarimore had a choice to make.

His livelihood depends on selling seafood, not releasing it, but he knew that he has had a change of heart about the noble octopus. "It's just been a culmination of events through the last 10 years," he said, which includes a flood of new research into the intelligence of the octopus -- they are problem solvers, they love to play, and, of course, they are master escape artists....

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