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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