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dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 6:59 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

friend not food

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cathryn wrote:
You can't eat them, they're wonderful!


So are most things, cycling round here the lambs look very cute, seeing the deer in the woodland all the time the venison is looking too cute to cull and I can just about manage to cook me prawns. The octopus is safe, from me at least.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm very jealous TD! It was a very big tide today wasn't it? Was it lower down than you'd normally get? How big was it?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It was roughly mid-way in the tide range, so on a part of the beach that's always uncovered but above the areas that are only uncovered by the very low tides. Assuming it was more of a deeper water critter was why I moved it, and reading up they would normally only appear at the very lowest tide so looks like it got stranded.

Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can you not eat them because they're cute, or is there another reason?

Only curious, I wouldn't touch one.

crofter



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are delicious, and also very intelligent, although getting stranded in a rock pool is not too smart!

http://www.ourkarnataka.com/Articles/starofmysore/octopus09.htm

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm with TD really. If I thought about it for too long I would be a vegetarian again. I don't think they are cute (feeling indignant here, goodness knows why), just fascinating.

foggy



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They really do look alien don't they.

Just need a glass dome and they are kang/kudos from the simpsons

Northern Boy



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can eat them, they are delicious! I hooked one on my kayak and was very excited about dinner. Only for it to squeeze out of the scupper hole to freedom. So yeah, they're smart as well. Or I am stupid.

Mithril



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow - what a find. Fascinating creatures.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, smart/intelligent looking creatures, rather than just cute, I find hard to kill to eat. I'm sure I've heard people say before we only eat stupid looking animals. Cuttlefish are another that will be very tasty but hard to eat.

Went



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Beautiful...what a great discovery

Mustang



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And one of the few animals who use tools. I found one on a dive once, which was using a bit of waste neoprene as a door to it's home in a rock. It held the 'door' whilst it was at home, hiding behind it. But it was too curious to stay there, and eventually came out to play.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 12 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And it reminded me to change the film quad at work, so a useful post.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 12 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
And it reminded me to change the film quad at work, so a useful post.


You use Octopi at work?

Here's a photo of the one I found, now swimming free.

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