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Two quick-thinking employees and a volunteer with Padilla Bay Reserve on the Washington coast helped rescue a giant Pacific octopus stranded on the beach last week.

“The octopus was not making much headway as its body weight was too heavy outside its usual aquatic environment,” Padilla Bay Reserve said in a Facebook post. “Additionally, the tide was going out leaving the octopus a great distance from the water.”

But employees Annie England and Mira Lutz, along with volunteer Sean Petersmark, kept pouring water on the octopus, enabling it to move. They then put it in a large bin and returned it to the Pacific Ocean.

Watch: Standed Octopus Rescue

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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