Octopus wrestling popular in the middle of the last century in the United States

• octopus wrestling popular in the middle of the last century in the United States

It's amazing how much fun inventing people throughout history, in order to distract yourself from boredom. This duel, and the hunting of wild animals, and even drugs. One of the most absurd classes was the fight with an octopus, popular in the middle of the last century in the United States. Dangerous, strange and totally inhumane game that simply can not be imagined in the context of the present day, while wrestling with an octopus was considered a sign of courage and skill, not available to everyone.

Octopus wrestling popular in the middle of the last century in the United States Octopus wrestling popular in the middle of the last century in the United States

The first written evidence of this strange sport dates back to 1949. The Mechanic Illustrated magazine published an article titled "My hobby - wrestling with an octopus," written Villemont Menard. Villemont described his journey to Tahiti, where he joined the locals during their hunting and had a fight with an octopus under the leadership of the local hunter.

Octopus wrestling popular in the middle of the last century in the United States

The article caused a sensation, this strange pastime people seemed quite funny, and 1960s, the sport has reached the peak of popularity. Special love he used on the west coast of the United States. There have even been organized neither more nor less, and World Competitions for octopus wrestling.

Octopus wrestling popular in the middle of the last century in the United States

An article about the competition for wrestling an octopus.

This event was attended by about 5000 spectators who came to watch the competition with their own eyes, and even a lot more people watching wrestling on TV, as a large number of TV companies bought the rights to broadcast. The prizes were awarded as single fighters and entire teams. Their task was to catch and immobilize octopus. What happened to the animal then? Some were released, others gave in aquariums, but often they just ate.

Octopus wrestling popular in the middle of the last century in the United States

porcelain figurine depicting a fight with an octopus.

Most large-scale competition with octopus wrestling took place in April 1963 in Tacoma. Then, the event was attended by 111 divers who fought with 25 huge Pacific octopus, which was caught on the same day. Weight some animals reached 25 kg.

Octopus wrestling popular in the middle of the last century in the United States

Sports team of divers descended to a depth of approximately 18 meters under water, where lurked octopus. The team usually consisted of only 2-3 divers who tried to grab the animal, do not give yourself tentacles to strangle, and raise it to the surface. This fight took a lot of time, which dragged on especially strong, given that all the action is happening deep under the water. But in the end he won the team that managed to raise to the surface of a large octopus.

Octopus wrestling popular in the middle of the last century in the United States

The size of octopus prepared for the competitors were different, sometimes the animal weighed about 25 kg.

Octopus wrestling popular in the middle of the last century in the United States

The last competition was held in Washington on the eve of the adoption of a law prohibiting mock octopus. However, for certain, and today you can find those brave souls who then risked health and even their lives to defeat the sea "monster," and who remember how it was.

Octopus wrestling popular in the middle of the last century in the United States

The fight against sea monsters.