The crew on their day boats, which use sustainable fishing methods, realised it was too big to cook so they offered it to Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium.

After they described the octopus as being around 3ft in length, with a body that was similar in size to that of a rugby ball, Clare Rugg, Operations Manager at Living Coasts, said the best thing they could do was to put it back in the sea. A large octopus is usually in its breeding prime and if it was a female she would be likely to start laying eggs very soon.

The octopus in question is a lesser octopus - Eledone cirrhosa - which can be found in fairly shallow water. They tend to be red or orange in colour, with a mantle (body) that can grow up to 50 cm. They are not as vulnerable as the common octopus, which is the species we have here at Living Coasts.

Thank you to Crab Shack for thinking of us!

Living Coasts is home to penguins, wading birds, seals, exotic fish – and octopus (see below). If you fancy freshly cooked local fish caught using sustainable methods, then try the Crab Shack.

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