[Coral-List] Octopus punches fishes

Steve Mussman sealab at earthlink.net
Wed Dec 23 12:16:33 UTC 2020

Enjoyed the videos. Simply put, octopuses are fascinating. After many varied interactions with cephalopods I’ve long deferred from considering them as a food source. I try to politely express this preference whenever the subject arises, whether it be with friends, sushi chefs or scientists. I realize that octopus aquaculture makes good sense to some, but it’s still disquieting to me. And sorry, but suggesting that we treat octopuses as we do vertebrates is not particularly reassuring.


Steve Mussman

On 12/22/20, 12:30 PM, Eduardo Sampaio via Coral-List <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:

Hi David,

Glad you liked it!

There is also a rising interest on (and feasibility of) octopus aquaculture

which is bringing some ethical questions into light. Personally, I think

they should be treated as vertebrates are.

Regarding the train track, I'm actually not sure (researchers from Eilat

that are part of this list will know better), but maybe it was related with

the underwater 'habitat' that was active there some years ago under Hans

Fricke? If someone can answer, I would love to know as well.

On Tue, 22 Dec 2020 at 11:54, David Blakeway <

fathom5marineresearch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Great! Thanks Eduardo. They are quite beautiful and mysterious.

> It makes me a little depressed that our Western Australian government has

> just approved a large scale wild catch fishery of the local O. tetricus

> without, as far as I can see, any ethical considerations. The title of the

> government report says it all:

> Octopus resource of Western Australia harvest strategy 2018-2022.

> What is the train-track looking thing in video 1?




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