Octopus with Nine Tentacles

The term Octopus is derived from Greek words okto (meaning: eight) and pous (meaning: foot) as its commonly known that octopus have eight legs.

However, an octopus with nine tentacles was spotted at the Marusan Seafood Shop in Marugame, Japan (Kagawa prefecture), one day after it was caught in the Seto Inland Sea. Masa Koita, the 60-year-old shop manager, noticed the abnormal Common Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) after he had boiled it in preparation for market. In 40 years of handling seafood, I’ve never seen an octopus like this, he said.

A spokesperson for the Akashi Seafood Council in nearby Hyogo prefecture confirmed the unusual nature of the extra-tentacled creature: In Akashi, we might see one every 20 years or so. They are extremely rare.

Koita says he will show off the octopus for a few days before selling it to a lucky customer.

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