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Incredibly rare six-tentacled octopus caught

Posted on Sunday, 28 July, 2013 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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When engineer Labros Hydras fished the bizarre 'hexapus' from the sea he had no idea how rare it was.

Hydras and his family had been holidaying in Greece when he caught the creature while snorkeling. Bashing it against a rock to kill it, the family later had it for dinner despite warnings from the chef that they should have let it live. It wasn't until the octopus had been entirely consumed that they discovered that it was in fact an incredibly rare species of which only two had ever been found.

"I wanted to find out more, but there was no internet where we were," said Hydras. "I then called my friend who is a biologist and he told me it was true and I was horrified. Now I want to pursue the scientific angle to make scientists aware of the existence of the wild hexapus. It is the least that I can do given my ignorance and guilt that I feel for killing such a rare animal."

"A holidaymaker told yesterday how he caught and ate an octopus on holiday only to discover it was only the second six-legged specimen ever found."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Sundew on 28 July, 2013, 14:06
I thought it was some rare six-legged species of Cephalopod, instead it's a mutation of the common octopus, rather like a blue or white Maine Lobster. Would have been nice to take to an aquarium for display. Oh well, I'm sure it was tasty! Little salt and some olive oil, yum!
Comment icon #2 Posted by d e v i c e on 28 July, 2013, 19:02
Wow, it could actually be an insect.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Kikapo on 31 July, 2013, 4:15
Not a mutation of an Octopus, the actual linked article states incredibly rare hexapus of which only two have ever been found. What an effing idiot. He even documented the whole sickening episode with chronological photos. What a great thing to teach his young kids. It's people like this that leave me smh at the human race.
Comment icon #4 Posted by jules99 on 31 July, 2013, 23:11
Hi; Im unsure but maybe its tradition to catch octopus this was killed and eaten but documented, which is at least something. The idiots where I live kill and torture living things and leave them to rot which I feel is a far greater offence. Whats more the father expressed remorse; “It is the least that I can do given my ignorance and guilt that I feel for killing such a rare animal.” He had no net access where he was to confirm the rarity of his find....
Comment icon #5 Posted by Sundew on 1 August, 2013, 23:20
Not a new species, the last line of the article states:

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