We went to our "international" market last weekend to see what they might have for Octane in the way of crustaceans. I didn't find much and what I did find was not fresh enough for human consumption (except the shrimp). I had to look at all the cephs, of course, and saw small "octopus" (large Merc size) in the fresh seafood case but where the mantle and arms come together was open rather than joined. Can anyone tell me if I was looking at a squid with octopus looking arms and mantle or are there octos who's mantle opening is at the arm join and fully half the body in circumference rather than slits on each side?
They also had some very large frozen "octopus" arms that were both thick and as long as my arm from the elbow to the finger tips. I am guessing these had to be vulgaris but wondered if squid arms are similar enough to be substituted? The suckers looked like octo suckers (tight to the arm) rather than the pictures I have seen of the larger squid who's suckers stick out like flowers on a stem.