Octopuses are among the most unusual creatures in the world. They are curious, intelligent and also shape-changing. The creature really stimulates the imagination – as evidenced by the reaction to a documentary – My Octopus Teacher.
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Factory farming octopus
Yet our relationship with this extraordinary creature has been threatened by the nutritional interest in its tentacles.
With the consumption of octopus meat slowly increasing, there are intentions to incorporate this creature into factory farming. And this industry can be uniquely tough, according to a recent report from Compassion in World Farming (CIWF).
The public raised their objection two months ago when a baby octopus was sold for 36 pence in a UK supermarket. It seemed troubling to many that the cost of living could be so low.
36 pence for a lifeless juvenile squid that is one of the most amazing animals to ever move in the ocean.
But it is very surprising when the extent of octopus breeding is discovered. In 2020 alone, 60,000 tons of octopus were eaten in Italy – the most demanding nation for octopus in the EU. Meanwhile, Spain has carried out research on open water network cages and tanks on land.
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Effects of factory farming
It is not a good fate for the lonely octopus to be kept in a cage with others. The creature is used to swimming alone in the sea. There is a risk of boredom, in the worst case cannibalism.
The marine biologist Dr. Elena Lara, a fish research manager at CIWF and author of the report, says the Oscar-winning Netflix documentary gave the world a glimpse into the lives of these extraordinary, naturally lonely and vulnerable creatures.
“Viewers will be horrified to find that there are plans to lock these fascinating, curious, sentient creatures in factory farming. Their lives just wouldn’t be worth living.”
Octopuses are a popular myth. They have a mysterious life cycle and an enigmatic mobility pattern. Their purpose is not clear, although their regularity in the marine world is one of the things that make them interesting.
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The octopus is probably the most misunderstood living thing on earth. Its tentacles are highly adapted to its surroundings and it can adjust its size to use whatever food is available.
Octopuses are an important part of our lives in many ways. We live with them every day, eat them when they appear in our kitchen, and can find out more about them through scientific research. Octopuses are linked to food, marine life, and the marine world in many ways.
Octopuses mostly live on the ocean floor. They have a group of tentacles that can be used to move linear objects like rocks and other creatures.
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