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cthulhu77

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found this online:

Associated Press, 2008/06/01

Bryan Lumley

In an amazing discovery, Scientist C. Moore has found a species of octopus that lives in freshwater streams of northern Papua-New Guinea.
Once thought to be solely saltwater inhabitants, this dwarf octopus thrives in the narrow streambeds that course throughout the island chain, feeding on small fish and hiding in snail shells.
The locals seem to have known about the animal for quite a while, and Dr. Moore became convinced of its existence after eating an odd plate of escargot while on a train stop in the Philippines. The doctor noticed some sucker marks on a few of the shells, and asked if they were truly fresh snails, when assured they were, he demanded to know the location of where they were purchased.
Not two months later, he had tracked down the snail trail, and found what he was looking for, the elusive Octopus pureninsis, the only freshwater octopus ever recorded in human history.
Captive bred specimens are even now making their way to the west, where they will be further studied by zoologists and aquarium keepers.
B.Lumley, New Guinea
 

esquid

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This one is pretty good:
Octopus Reaps Praise for Student Death
First-Year Miller’s Remains Found in Fish Tank Days After Public R.E.E.F. Ridiculing Incident
By Duran Iran / Staff Writer
Published Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Issue 95 / Volume 88
Gina J. Juicy / Daily Nexus

The following article appears as part of the Nexus’ April Fools’ Day edition.

A Marine Science Institute octopus with a history of daring escapes pulled off its most impressive caper yet yesterday, trapping, murdering and consuming UCSB first-year Evan Miller.

Miller’s excreted skeleton was found in a corner of the aquarium tank that holds the affectionately nicknamed octopus “Inky” by Facilities Management employees performing routine maintenance on the lab’s electrical equipment prior to the arrival of MSI’s morning shift.

MSI researcher Dana Harris said the octopus’ unique method of killing and eating its prey means Miller was probably cognizant of his doom for hours before his actual death.

“Contrary to popular belief, octopuses are not the most gentle creatures of the sea,” Harris said. “They are incredibly strong and eat from the legs up to minimize struggling. Additionally, they prefer to taunt their victims by continually releasing them from their grasps and pretending they are asleep, then recapturing them fifteen seconds later. You are alive… when they start to eat you.”

The female two-spotted octopus, a native of Santa Barbara waters, is an enormous 300-pound specimen collected near the Venoco-operated oil platform Holly off Sands Beach. The mollusk, in addition to Miller’s bleached skeletal remains, inhabits the Research Experience and Education Facility touch tanks at Campus Point.

According to R.E.E.F. Program Assistant Jennifer Nouvel, Inky probably attacked the naive freshman after he dangled his leg near the top of the tank. Nouvel said other visitors had reported that Miller had spent the greater part of an afternoon ridiculing the octopus.

“As far as I’m concerned, that young man got what he deserved,” Nouvel said. “Good ol’ inky, squishy justice.”

University of California Police Dept. Spokesman Matt Churchill said pending the results of the County Medical Examiner’s toxicology report, detectives are assuming the immature Miller just got a bit too drunk and brought the snack-time shenanigans upon himself.

“It was pretty ridiculous when [officers] arrived at the scene,” Churchill said. “When these freshmen get a little cheap Albertson’s vodka in them, the best we can usually hope for is to catch them peeing by the Engineering building.”

Harris said the facility will consider leaving Miller’s remains in the octopus tank as an educational tool.
 

I Like Pie

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Ya that is true. But thats military dating not science article dating is it? No really is it (I don't know the difference :( )
 

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cthulhu77;113959 said:
Military dating is different...
hey, we'll have no asking or telling about military dating around here. :police:
 

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cthulhu77;113970 said:
Why not? Snails live in freshwater...of course, so do bass and pike. But not orange roughy.
Darn......now I have to let out a well guarded trade sehkret...... The OR farms are in high country river pools, in the Southern Alps of NZ....right next door to Edoras and Gondor :roll::silenced::silenced::silenced:
 

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cthulhu77;113999 said:
Yes, I have heard that they use hobbits with webbed feet to harvest them. One of them even found a ring!
Yep gotta be real careful though they have guard squids called "watchers"
 

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Jean;113974 said:
Darn......now I have to let out a well guarded trade sehkret...... The OR farms are in high country river pools, in the Southern Alps of NZ....right next door to Edoras and Gondor :roll::silenced::silenced::silenced:
They are also found in North Ithilien on the river Anduin.
 

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cthulhu77;114089 said:
OOOOhhhh, I love mountain haggis. You do have to get past the initial smell, though.
If you get them young enough you can train them to roll in eau d'whiskey MUCH better than undiluted mountain haggis pong.

dreadhead said:
They are also found in North Ithilien on the river Anduin.
yes but they're top sehkret government owned farms. I suspect they may be genetically modifying the OR there, it's hard to get past the Uruk hai to find out though.....now there's a bad smell!

J
 

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