Holidaymaker ate an octopus before discovering it was only the SECOND of its kind ever found

July 26, 2013 | by | 4 Comments

A holidaymaker told yesterday how he caught and ate an octopus on holiday – only to discover it was only the SECOND six-legged specimen ever found.

Mechanical engineer Labros Hydras, 49, pulled the freak creature – dubbed a ‘hexapus’ – from the sea as he went snorkelling in Greece.

He followed local tradition by smashing it against a rock to kill it and then took it to a nearby taverna to cook.

Labros Hydras his daughter Areti, ten, and son Arion, six admire the six legged octopus or hexapus which they found while on holiday in Greece

Labros Hydras his daughter Areti, ten, and son Arion, six admire the six legged octopus or hexapus which they found while on holiday in Greece

The chef refused to cook it for him because it was so rare and told Labros he should have let the octopus live.

But the hungry father-of-two went and fried it for his supper anyway and served it up with a slice of tomato, lemon and a solitary salad leaf.

After finishing it off he decided to check out what the chef had said – and felt sick when he realised what he had done.

No-one had ever heard of a six-legged hexapus until five years ago when one nicknamed Henry was found off the North Wales coast.

Labros Hydras' son Arion holds the six legged hexapus before it was eaten

Labros Hydras’ son Arion holds the six legged hexapus before it was eaten

The hexapus was only the second one ever found

The hexapus was only the second one ever found

That first-ever recorded discovery was taken to Blackpool Sea Life Centre before being released back into the sea.

Repentant Labros, 49, a US citizen living in Washington DC, is now trying to find out more about the marine mutant.

He is also helping sealife experts in Greece with what he can remember of the catch on Papa Nero beach on Pelion peninsula.

Labros, who was snorkelling with daughter Areti, ten, and son Arion, six, said: “It tasted just like a normal octopus but now I feel really bad.

“When we caught it, there was nothing to suggest it was any different or had been damaged.

“I thought it had just been born with six tentacles.

“We go to Greece every year and when we catch an octopus we do the same thing so we just did not think about it.”

The rather unsavory sight of the  second six legged octopus ever discovered on the family's dinner plate

The rather unsavory sight of the second six legged octopus ever discovered on the family’s dinner plate

He added: “I wanted to find out more, but there was no internet where we were.

“I then called my friend who is a biologist and he told me it was true and I was horrified.

“Now I want to pursue the scientific angle to make scientists aware of the existence of the wild hexapus.

“It is the least that I can do given my ignorance and guilt that I feel for killing such a rare animal.”

Labros, who was born in Greece but is now a US citizen, has shown his evidence to  specialists at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Greece.

He said: “I will pursue the scientific angle though to make scientists aware of the existence of the wild hexapus.

“It is the least that I can do given my ignorance and guilt that I feel for killing such a rare animal.”

Biologists say the six-legged hexapus is the result of a natal abnormality as opposed to a new species.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    What a dumbass.

  2. Mike Willis says:

    After the discovery I would have freaked, but the next logical thing to do (in my mind) would be to preserve the remains. Possibly DNA samples could be taken. Then I would donate the remains (after taking lots and lots of pictures).

    His stated profession is a “Mechanical Engineer”, he should have known better. I do understand that things do happen, and especially “in the moment”.

    I myself would like to know if the hexapus is a mutation or a totally separate species. If it is a mutation, then we have bigger worries. Is it evolution, pollution or other?

    • Ally says:

      Last line: “Biologists say the six-legged hexapus is the result of a natal abnormality as opposed to a new species.”

      rtfa

  3. Dave says:

    I’d be worried about pulling something out of the ocean and eating it without knowing what it is.

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