Nonapus

19 Jan

A researcher at an 水族館 (Aquarium) in 和歌山県 (Wakayama Prefecture, Japan) recently found a nonapus (nine-legged octopus).

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It seems that octopuses* grow a new limb when one is cut off and sometimes an extra limb grows when the octopus is cut but no limb has come off…resulting in octopuses* with extra limbs.

(*I always thought that octopi was the plural for octopus. I never liked that uncommon term, and was pleased to read (here) that “octopuses” is acceptable, too).

The octopus that was discovered with the most limbs ever was also found in Japan. An octopus was found in 三重県 (Mie Prefecture, Japan) sometime ago with 96 legs:

96-leg-tako

That’s creepy looking.

By the way, do you like to eat octopus? I love たこ焼き (Takoyaki; grilled octopus dumplings). Have you ever tried it?

takoyaki

22 Responses to “Nonapus”

  1. tokyo5 January 25, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    Eric…
    Have you ever heard about the numbers of people (usually elderly) choking to death on mochi every New Years?
    It’s probably safer if you don’t like mochi. 😉

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  2. Eric January 25, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    I’ve tried it many times now over the years, and I just don’t get it. I think it’s a love or hate kind of thing. I’ve never met some one who’s in middle.

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  3. tokyo5 January 25, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    Eric…

    Try them again in a couple years…maybe you’ll have changed your mind. They’re both quite good.

    It reminds me though, my parents visited us here in Tokyo about twelve years ago (December 1996)…I took them to a もちつき (mochi-tsuki) event.
    I was quite surprised when they both said they didn’t like the mochi!

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  4. Eric January 25, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    I’ll never like anko or mochi, no matter how long I live here.

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  5. tokyo5 January 25, 2009 at 1:33 am #

    Eric…

    You don’t like Anko or Mochi?
    I can’t believe it! To me, 和菓子 (Japanese snacks) are better than American junk-food (but maybe that’s because I’ve become used to Japanese foods more than American after all the years).

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  6. Eric January 25, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    I like natto, but I hate most of the Japanese sweets like anko and mochi.

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  7. tokyo5 January 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm #

    bartman905….

    >…especially okonomiyaki

    You’re living in Tokyo. How about “Monjya-yaki“?

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  8. tokyo5 January 20, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    naoko…

    >I haven’t tried もんじゃ焼. There is some もんじゃ焼 shop in kansai, but very few.

    Yeah, I’ve heard that. It’s Tokyo-style, so of course it’s more common here.

    >(Is it proper timing for’ in person’?ちょっと違うかも? )

    ううん。大丈夫。:)

    >Kimchi is ever more delicious with お好み焼きソース!!

    HAHA. Of course, Kansai people would like that! 🙂 It sounds good.

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  9. tokyo5 January 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm #

    Eric…

    Yeah, that’s good.
    So you like Nattou? It’s not popular with foreigners in Japan.

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  10. bartman905 January 20, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    Ok, all these comments are making me hungry … :-). I also love Japanese food, especially okonomiyaki.

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  11. naoko January 20, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    I haven’t tried もんじゃ焼. There is some もんじゃ焼 shop in kansai, but very few. I ‘ve never seen the real もんじゃ焼き in person. (Is it proper timing for’ in person’?ちょっと違うかも? )
    Kimchi is ever more delicious with お好み焼きソース!! I love it ,too!

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  12. Eric January 20, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    Kimchi, natto and sunny side egg is really good.

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  13. tokyo5 January 20, 2009 at 12:20 am #

    You’ve tried Takoyaki many times and still don’t like it? Oh well…I like it alot.

    There’s a “Gin-dako” shop at my train station. I like their spicy mayo on the Takoyaki!

    Do you like キムチ (Kimuchi)? I love that too!
    Have you ever tried Kimuchi on Natto? (Korea meets Japan! 😀 ) It’s quite good!

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  14. Eric January 20, 2009 at 12:05 am #

    I’ve had takoyaki many times and it’s too hit or miss. I like more consistency. Now okonomiyaki however is one of the best foods in Japan, ever! Especially with kimchi and cheese.

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  15. tokyo5 January 19, 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    naoko…

    >Kimochi warui!! 96 legs!

    Yeah, it is 気持ち悪い!

    >Takoyaki is so popular in our region

    I know. Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki are from that part of the country. They’re both popular in Tokyo too…especially at festivals. But I’m sure they’re more popular over there.

    >In Akashi city, it’s my town, we eat it in akashi-yaki style…Have you ever tried it?

    I know 明石焼き (Akashiyaki)…but haven’t tried it. Actually, I have never seen it sold anywhere in Tokyo…I’ve only heard of that dish. I’d like to try it.

    Do you like Tokyo’s もんじゃ焼 (Monjayaki)? In Tokyo, every restaurant that sells お好み焼き (Okonomiyaki) also sells もんじゃ (Monja). In Tokyo people’s minds, those two are almost a pair.

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  16. tokyo5 January 19, 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    Tornadoes28…

    You don’t like octopus or squid? I love both!

    You’ll try anything? Me, too. I’m not a picky eater at all.
    Have you ever tried 納豆 (Natto)? I eat it often.

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  17. tokyo5 January 19, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    undercovergaijin….

    Yeah, since octopus can grow new legs (and they have eight of them anyways), they shouldn’t mind donating some for たこ焼き (Takoyaki) occasionally! HAHAHA!

    I agree Takoyaki and お好み焼き (Okonomiyaki) are excellent! They are both 関西 (West Japan) foods…do you like Tokyo’s もんじゃ焼 (Monjayaki)?

    I love all 和食 (Japanese food)!

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  18. tokyo5 January 19, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    Eric…

    You don’t like たこ焼き (Takoyaki)?
    It’s popular in Japan…especially at 祭 (festivals)! You should try it again next summer at a festival…maybe you’ll get used to it! 🙂

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  19. naoko January 19, 2009 at 6:48 pm #

    gyaaa!
    Kimochi warui!! 96 legs!
    It seems as if it came out of a horror movie!!

    Takoyaki is so popular in our region, in kansai area. In Akashi city, it’s my town, we eat it in akashi-yaki style. It’s similar with normal takoyaki, but dip it into dashi soup. Have you ever tried it?

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  20. Tornadoes28 January 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    I’ve tried it along with squid but I have to say that I am not a fan of either. But I will try anything at least once.

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  21. undercovergaijin January 19, 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    haha first thing to come to mind was ” sustainable takoyaki” but maybe a bit cruel. but yeah cant get enough of them or of okonomiyaki.

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  22. Eric January 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    I’m not a big fan of takoyaki. SOmetimes the octopus is too chewy. I actually like it with shrimp inside, but you can only have that at home. 😦

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