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January 16, 2015 at 4:52 PM

Seattle Aquarium unveils new 12th Animal: The Hawktopus

The "Hawktopus" at the Seattle Aquarium sported a Seahawks helmet Friday to show support for its team.

The “Hawktopus” at the Seattle Aquarium sported a Seahawks helmet Friday to show support for its team. (Courtesy of Seattle Aquarium)

Move over, Marshawn Pinch. The Seattle Aquarium has unveiled a new 12th Animal, one that is preparing for the NF-Sea championship against the Green Bay Prawns this weekend.

The 12th Man, meet the Hawktopus. The creature even sported a Seahawks helmet at the aquarium Friday to show support for the team.

With eight sticky arms that span up to 20 feet across, and the ability to squeeze through small spaces, the Hawktopus would be vital to the team’s success. At an average of 90 pounds, the Hawktopus isn’t the largest player on the team, but an arm span about the height of a two-story building would make up for its weight.

If its helmet fits through a space, the rest of its body will too, so it’s possible for a fully grown Hawktopus to fit through a hole the size of a lemon. Once it catches and holds its prey (or, opponent), the Hawktopus may paralyze it with a toxic saliva, then tear into it with its beak.

It was unclear Friday afternoon whether toxic saliva is covered by NFL regulations.

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