Sci/Tech Holidaymaker ate an octopus before discovering it was only the SECOND of its kind ever found

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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.

Mechanical engineer Labros Hydras, 49, pulled the freak creature – dubbed a ‘hexapus’ – from the sea as he went snorkelling in Greece.

He followed local tradition by smashing it against a rock to kill it and then took it to a nearby taverna to cook. The chef refused to cook it for him because it was so rare and told Labros he should have let the octopus live.

But the hungry father-of-two went and fried it for his supper anyway and served it up with a slice of tomato, lemon and a solitary salad leaf.

After finishing it off he decided to check out what the chef had said – and felt sick when he realised what he had done.

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At least he felt guilty for it. Some people would just be like "Oh, there's bound to be more out there, it doesn't matter if one gets lost."
 

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If there are only 2 then maybe this isnt a species but only a rare mutation.
I would argue that 2 exemplars dont make a species yet. And if there are more of them then it certainly isnt a big problem that one of them got eaten.
 

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If there are only 2 then maybe this isnt a species but only a rare mutation.
I would argue that 2 exemplars dont make a species yet. And if there are more of them then it certainly isnt a big problem that one of them got eaten.
We just don't know what specific genes may cause such mutations in octopuses (octopi)? If developmental biologists were to discover it, it will become a wonderful breakthrough in knowing the wonders of the Earth.
 

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Yeah, or we throw a bunch of genes in a blender and see what kind of horrible abomination those wonders are able to produce.
 

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Humans white, black whatever kill and eat everything they see. True story
 

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Too small. Not enough nutrition for a meal.

I want to go to India and eat one of them bug-food plates; I hear their are very rich in proteins, and with rice / vegetables, they make a healthy meal.

I also read, somewhere, that insects can easily be "mass produced" or "farmed" or what ever the term is, cheaply.
 

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http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/03/04/octopus.uk/

Seems to me that he did the right thing by removing a specimen with congenital defects from the gene pool, ensuring that it wouldn't breed and further contribute to genetic defects in the species.

It isn't a rare or endangered animal, it's just a genetically fucked up octopus.
 

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It isn't a rare or endangered animal, it's just a genetically fucked up octopus.
Seriously, an animal with a mild case can live a normal life.
Hmm "would you say the same thing for a human?"
 

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"Biologists say the six-legged hexapus is the result of a natal abnormality as opposed to a new species."

Last line in the article, and probably the most important, lol.
 

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ensuring that it wouldn't breed and further contribute to genetic defects in the species.

It might have become a new species with six tentacles :( I don't think there's anything like that yet, is there?
 
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