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It’s already really rare to encounter an octopus that has extra tentacles, but an octopus with 96 tentacles is just crazy. In December of 98, this octopus was captured in Matoya Bay, Japan. The unusual octopus had the normal 8 appendages attached to the body, but each one of those branched out to form the extra tentacles. The specimen survived for five months after its capture, and even laid eggs (as seen on the bottom picture). The eggs hatched normal 8-legged octopi, they only lived a month sadly.

The octopus is now on permanent display at the Shima Marineland Aquarium in Japan.

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