Monster Octopus Caught by Hawaii Fisherman Breaks 20-Year Record

A Hawaiian man beat a state record for largest octopus caught that had held for more than 20 years.

The catch was made on the morning of August 30 in the waters near Turtle Bay by Michael Matsunaga of Wahiawa on the island of O' ahu, according to Hawaii News Now.

In order to catch fish that reside on or close to the ground, Matsunaga was using the bottom-fishing technique, which entails casting the bait all the way to the bottom of the water column.

When the 69-year-old detected something on his line, he had dropped his bait, which included fish and squid, to a depth of about 400 feet.

Then there was a fight to get the enormous octopus into his boat. Matsunaga, however, claimed that dealing with the octopus once it was on the boat presented the largest obstacle.

"He possesses eight legs. I receive two arms. He was sort of placed in the cooler. But he made an effort to remove everything. He was finally placed in the cooler by me. He was sort of raising me up, so I had to sit on the cooler "said he.

When Matsunaga brought the octopus to Hana Pa'a Fishing Co. for weighing, the scale registered a weight of 25.95 pounds, setting a state record for the largest octopus ever caught.

The day octopus (Octopus cyanea) and the night octopus are the two octopus species that are frequently seen in Hawaii (Octopus ornatus). According to the Waikiki Aquarium, both of these species are small, typically having an arm span of no more than two to three feet and weighing no more than ten pounds.

This is dwarfed by the enormous Pacific octopus, the largest octopus species known to science, which is found in the northern Pacific from Japan to Alaska and California.

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