October 19, 2016 8:47 AM   Subscribe

Really cool photos, but this is one of those octopus stories I won't be sharing with my partner who loves octopuses more than I thought possible.
posted by Carillon at 8:54 AM on October 19, 2016

I've eaten octopus before and will again, but for some reason I feel worse about it than I do pigs or cows. I think it's the ability to grasp and manipulate things.

And predict the outcome of world cup games, of course.
posted by booooooze at 10:19 AM on October 19, 2016

I have never eaten octopus and never will for the sole reason that they are very smart and have a very calculating demeanor. If the octopodal revolution happens, I think they will be able to look into my soul and see that I never ate their brethren. Maybe I will be spared.
posted by nakedmolerats at 10:23 AM on October 19, 2016 [1 favorite]

we seem to be learning that all the animals we eat are more intelligent than we thought
posted by sineater at 10:31 AM on October 19, 2016 [1 favorite]

Neat photos, although I wish there was a bit more context. How many people are hunting for octopus off Zanzibar, which has a population of 1M+? The article mentions Stone Town, so presumably this is near Zanzibar City, which is a small city.

I guess octopus must reproduce fairly quickly to support this kind of fishery (most of the catch is sold to wholesalers; a lot of the octopus sold in Japanese supermarkets come from Africa).
posted by My Dad at 1:29 PM on October 19, 2016

I clicked the link because I expected to see photography of octopuses hunting. Nice pictures, sad face.
posted by Busithoth at 2:03 PM on October 19, 2016

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