This champion spearfisher is a strong advocate of healthy and sustainable eating from nature, although her method of killing an octopus may be a little uncommon.
There's no doubt about it, Kimi Werner is an amazing individual. She is an award winning artist, a certified chef, an advocate for healthy and sustainable eating and for challenging the corporate food system, and an accomplished athlete.
Werner is the United States National Spearfishing Champion who has caught a 165 pound yellowfin tuna. She is able to freedive and hold her breath while hunting underwater, for an astonishing four-and-three-quarter minutes. She is what Master Chief Master Diver and President of Aimrite Spearfishing, Rick Bettua, calls "the perfect storm".
But to be honest, the one tiny tidbit of Werner's story that initially grabbed our attention was her method of catching and dispatching the octopuses she loves to eat.
She says that she hunts octopus by "tickling them" to force them from their hiding places. "I don't spear them," she says, "because first I want to see how big they are. And if they're a keeper, I bite...right in between their eyes, which kills them immediately."
"It might seem gross, but believe me, they are delicious," she declares!
But it's not all glamorous tickling of octopuses and chomping down on their brains. Sometimes things can get dangerous.
"The last really big octopus I got was during the summer and it was warm so I was in my bathing suit," she explains of one instance where things didn't go so smoothly. "As I grabbed it to bite its brain its legs were so long that it was able to wrap around my body. I bit its brain and killed it right as it was wrapping around me but in that short time it totally managed to take off my bathing suit top."
Here's another look at Werner's lifestyle of sport, art, and healthy living:
The impetus behind Werner's dedication to hunting her own food is much the same as that which most hunters, of any prey and any environment, share: clean, healthy, natural food.
"When you hunt your own food you really appreciate it a lot more," she says, "and you become protective of it. People forget that these plants from the ocean aren't just pretty. They're useful and the ocean is basically a food refrigerator. Diving and my lifestyle keeps me very healthy."