Monday, March 10, 2008

An Odd Octopus

Workers at the Blackpool Sea Life Center noticed something odd about a resident octopus named Henry while he was crawling up his tank's glass wall. He was first found three weeks ago in a lobster trap off the coast of Wales.

Henry has 6 legs, instead of the usual 8. The aquarium officials dubbed him a hexapus, and claim that he is the first of his kind ever documented. Experts say that the limb deficiency is due to genetic mutation, rather than an accident, and that the animal does not represent a new species.

"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 aquarium supervisor Carey Duckhouse.

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