Octopus – An Underappreciated Cephalopod.


Marine life researchers determined that octopus is the most intelligent of all invertebrates that inhabit different corners of oceans (coral reefs, pelagic waters and ocean floors all over the world).

The name (octopus) is derived from Greek, meaning eight footed.

Octopuses have two eyes, four pairs of arms, furnished with suction cups, and three hearts.

The life expectancy of octopus ranges fro six months to five years.

Octopus’ defence is mainly hiding, ejecting ink to obscure the environment while fleeing, and very keen eyesight.


is rich in vitamin B3, B 12, potassium, phosphorus and selenium. Phosphorus strengthens brain cells and helps retain information.

Students benefit greatly from an adequate intake of phosphorus while studying.

Once caught, octopus must be tenderized which fishermen do by pounding it against stones.


is popular with Japanese chefs for sushi, takoyaki (grilled octopus), and akashiyaki.

In Hawaii, chefs also use octopus for a variety of preparations. Some small octopus specimens are kept alive, sliced, and served while still squirming.

Portuguese, Spanish (especially Galicians), Tunisians, Greek and Italian chefs serve marinated octopus, with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and chopped flat leaf parsley, others prefer grilling with a little olive oil brushed.

Octopus must be handled expertly to avoid a tough product.

Freezing diminishes eating quality.


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