Fish market owner purchases 70-pound octopus and he’s not planning on selling it

"It'll hit me in the pocket, but I'd rather stand for something."
June 15, 2018 1:49 pm Last Updated: June 22, 2018 9:37 am

Have you ever done something a certain way for an extended period of time only to suddenly experience a change of heart?

A fish market owner recently came across a 70-pound octopus that he just had to purchase. There was the potential to rake in some big bucks, and while money was on the owner’s mind, he was more focused on what he would lose rather than gain after purchasing the octopus.

Giovanni DeGarimore is the owner of Giovanni’s Fish Market in Morro Bay, California.

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In mid-May, DeGarimore’s dock manager called him to tell him about a 70-pound octopus that had been caught in a fisherman’s crab trap.

The fish market owner was torn. He told The Tribune that he wasn’t fond of paying the fisherman for catching the octopus, but he also didn’t like the thought of “a beautiful animal” being killed.

DeGarimore’s dock manager alerted him about a 70-pound octopus that had been caught in a crab trap.

DeGarimore eventually decided that even though he didn’t like the idea of rewarding the fisherman for the catch, he’d rather decide the octopus’s fate than have someone else do it.

According to The Tribune, he paid a “couple hundred dollars” and brought the octopus, later named Fred by one of the market’s employees, back to the market.

The octopus, named Fred, found a new home at Giovanni’s Fish Market.

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But Fred wasn’t for sale. In fact, DeGarimore planned to release Fred back into the wild.

“It’s just been a culmination of events through the last 10 years,” he told The Tribune.

DeGarimore, who enjoys scuba diving, recalled a time when he was in Fiji and interacted with an octopus. He was amazed by their intelligence.

Several days after Fred was caught in a crab trap he was released into the ocean.

He shared his plans on the fish market’s Facebook page and was met with praise. The market also announced they would no longer promote or sell any octopus product.

After Fred enjoyed a few days stay at Giovanni’s Fish Market, it was time for him to go back home. DeGarimore released him in an area where he wouldn’t be threatened by any of the hazards in the bay area.

In addition to rescuing and releasing Fred, Giovanni’s Fish Market announced they would no longer sell octopus.

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Posted by Giovanni's Fish Market on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Although DeGarimore did admire octopuses’ intelligence, he said that wasn’t the only reason he decided to set Fred free.

In 2010, his cousin, Robin Walker, purchased an octopus from a sushi restaurant in San Luis Obispo and released it into the ocean.

“She was kind of my inspiration,” he remarked.

The fish market received praise for their decision.

Posted by Giovanni's Fish Market on Sunday, June 11, 2017

DeGarimore is well aware that his choice might have an impact on his finances, but he knows it was for a good cause.

“It’ll hit me in the pocket, but I’d rather stand for something,” he said.