July 14, 2010

Unlike you I know an octopus keeper, and he blogs as Mark H and he runs the Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and, working slowly toward my point, he says Paul the World Cup Soccer Winner Picker is as big a fraud as Zoltan Karpathy, that hairy hound from Budapest. (Look Zoltan up for yourself. I can’t do everything for you.)

Below is part of Mark’s argument. All of it is here. Writhe on over.

It should also be noted that the common octopus (Paul is the same species as all of mine were) has a life span of only one year. The German sea-life aquarium claims he is a two-year-old octopus, hatched in Britain in 2008. All octopuses are born in the spring, so this makes Paul well over two years old. This isn’t possible, so this is the second, or even third, “Paul.” Most commercial aquariums keep multiple octopuses in reserve and switch them out when the exhibit animal dies, keeping the name for continuity or innocent deception. Paul’s not only a fraud, he’s surely not even the original “Paul.”



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 14, 2010 06:07 PM
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but but but before i writhe over isnt the plural of octopus octopi ?


Posted by: Katherine Hunter on July 15, 2010 10:43 AM

i mean octopoi ?

( i studied classical Greek once upon a time )

Posted by: Katherine Hunter on July 15, 2010 10:46 AM

I figure anybody who keeps octopuses must know how to spell them. Upon the slightest reflection this reveals itself as totally illogical, but I'm going with it anyway.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on July 15, 2010 12:36 PM

So, Paul is sorta like Lassie, sans shaggy coat and with four fewer extremities (plus some other minor differences).

Posted by: Phil on July 15, 2010 2:23 PM

"Octopi" isn't really an acceptable plural and is rarely used in scientific circles. "Octopods" refers to the animals as a group, and "octopuses" is the best form.

Posted by: Mark H on July 15, 2010 4:45 PM

love it, learn something new every time i visit here / smile

Posted by: Katherine Hunter on July 16, 2010 10:23 AM
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