Octopus Wrestling (1950s and 1960s)
During the 1950s and 1960s, skin diving was a popular past time. It became quite competitive as divers tried to go the deepest or stay submerged the longest. New “competitions” needed to be added all the time. Eventually they decided to prey on octopi, finding and extracting them from their lairs and wrestling them to the surface of the water. The spectacle caught on and in 1963, over 5000 people showed up at Puget Sound in Washington State for the World Octopus Wrestling Championships. Organizers guaranteed action by strategically placing octopi around the beach as the event was being televised. By the way, this activity is illegal today.