Tuesday, January 25

Scientists’ outrage over the world’s first octopus farm


  • Claire Marshall
  • BBC Environment Correspondent

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The news that the world’s first commercial octopus farm will soon become a reality has been greeted with dismay by scientists and conservationists. They argue that these sensitive and intelligent creatures, believed to be capable of feeling pain and emotions, should never be bred to be marketed as food.

Part of Stacey Tonkin’s job is to play with a giant Pacific octopus. When she lifts the tank top to feed the creature known as DJ, short for Davy Jones, he often comes out of his cave to see her and places his arms on the glass.

That is if you are in a good mood. Octopuses live to be four years old, so at one year DJ is the equivalent of a teenager, Stacey says.

“It definitely exhibits what would you expect from a teenager: some days he’s really grumpy and sleeps all day. Then other days he’s very playful and active and wants to run around his tank and show off. “


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