Sunday 26 February 2017

Nine-legged octopus catch of day

A nine-legged octopus was found in a seafood shipment
A nine-legged octopus was found in a seafood shipment

Nineopus, novopus, freak of nature - whatever you want to call it, an octopus definitely had a leg up on its rivals in the Gulf of Mexico.

That was until it was caught and found its way to Hellas Bakery and Restaurant in Florida, where the head chef discovered it had nine legs.

Emmanuel Psomas said he was steaming the octopus when he discovered that it seemed, well, leggier than normal.

Mr Psomas, who has cooked octopus for 40 years - it is a Greek delicacy - said he had never before seen one with an extra leg and counted them three times in disbelief.

"I'm like, this can't be," he said. "I've seen a lot of octopus."

He is keeping the octopus in his refrigerator for now, but plans to enjoy it soon with a bit of vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and herbs.

While unusual, marine experts say the extra leg on the octopus is probably due to genetic mutation.

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