It’s a bit of a shock to see an oc­to­pus

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

When a re­porter phoned me to say he had a pic­ture of what looked an oc­to­pus, found by a fam­ily in the sea at Herne Bay, I was more than a lit­tle bit sur­prised, as it is an un­usual sight­ing.

The curled or lesser oc­to­pus is found around the British coast­line and is not a rar­ity – what is un­usual is com­ing across one, es­pe­cially in Kent.

The records for the south coast of Eng­land usu­ally come from dead ones washed up on the shore­line or the oc­ca­sional one found by fish­er­men in lob­ster or crab pots.

The curled oc­to­pus has a sin­gle row of suck­ers on each of the eight ten­ta­cles and is the species most likely to oc­cur in the south. The larger species is the com­mon oc­to­pus and tends to be found more in the west and north of the British Isles.

Oc­to­pus have the ca­pac­ity for learn­ing and are in­tel­li­gent crea­tures. They usu­ally feed on crabs and lob­sters, which they crush with their hard beak.

An­other fea­ture of the species is the abil­ity of the oc­to­pus to change colour.

In this in­stance, the fam­ily took a pic­ture and then gen­tly ush­ered it back out into the deeper waters, as the tide was com­ing in. What an ex­pe­ri­ence for them.

For more information con­tact Owen Leyshon, Rom­ney Marsh Coun­try­side Part­ner­ship, tele­phone 01797 367934 or log on to

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