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Hexapus found
Posted: 04 March 2008 05:26 AM   [ Ignore ]
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A six-legged octopus has been discovered.

BRITISH marine experts have found what they claim is a world first - a six-legged octopus, or “hexapus,” whom they have christened Henry.

British marine experts have found a six-legged octopus, or ‘hexapus’.

The unique sea creature, which has two limbs fewer than a normal octopus, is believed to be the result of a birth defect rather than an accident, say his keepers at the Blackpool Sea Life Centre in northwest England.

“We’ve scoured the internet and talked to lots of other aquariums and no one has ever heard of another case of a six-legged octopus,” said supervisor Carey Duckhouse.

Henry was discovered in a lobster pot off the north Wales coast two weeks ago, and was one of eight creatures that Sea Life staff picked up from a local marine zoo there - where staff hadn’t noticed his missing legs.

It was only when he attached himself to the inside of a glass tank that Sea Life staff noticed he was two limbs short of a full set. Octopuses are renowned for having three hearts and blue blood, but not usually six legs.

“He’s a lovely little thing,” said a spokeswoman, adding that he will go on display to the public later this month.

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Posted: 04 March 2008 03:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Saw this at work yesterday.  Someone in the office was looking at the story.  Meant to find it and post but then got busy and forgot.  Oh, well.

Octopuses are renowned for having three hearts and blue blood, but not usually six legs.

Octopuses are high-falootin’, upper class types?  Strange.  I never see one at the country club. raspberry

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Posted: 04 March 2008 03:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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You obviously aren’t in one of the good country clubs.

Only last week I was partnered with an octopus at whist in the Reform Club, Brigadier General Bustrabum-Smythe. And I regularly play polo with Sir Emmet Wollseyflump. Legs covered in suctions cups really help them stay on the horse.

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Posted: 04 March 2008 03:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Tah - 04 March 2008 08:49 PM

Saw this at work yesterday.  Someone in the office was looking at the story.  Meant to find it and post but then got busy and forgot.  Oh, well.

Octopuses are renowned for having three hearts and blue blood, but not usually six legs.

Octopuses are high-falootin’, upper class types?  Strange.  I never see one at the country club. raspberry

That’s because they’re in disguise! LOL

Just look for members shooting 30 or so on the golf course….smile

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Posted: 04 March 2008 09:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Be around several men.  Some have more arms than others

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Posted: 05 March 2008 05:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Yeah, but it’s not the arms you have to worry about, Ex Associate. wink

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Posted: 05 March 2008 05:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Smerk - 05 March 2008 10:03 AM

Yeah, but it’s not the arms you have to worry about, Ex Associate. wink

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Posted: 05 March 2008 05:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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What?  I’m more worried about the hands attached to the arms than the arms themselves.

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Posted: 05 March 2008 06:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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You know.. I’m reminded of the ‘asterisk’ in an old Pogo cartoon.. of course, that was a baby spider, but still..

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