There’s a joke in here somewhere, but I’m not clever enough to make it. Plus, he’s kinda cute, eh?
It would of course be technically nonsensical to describe this creature as a “six-legged octopus”.
“Octopus” meaning “eight-legged”, it would be similar to talking about a “three-wheeled bicycle”.
What this picture depicts, therefore, is a hexapus. Henry the Hexapus – as he has been christened by his keepers – is a resident of Blackpool Sea Life Centre in the north-west of England.
His shortage of extremities is the result of a genetic defect, rather than an accident, and he is believed to be the first of his six-legged kind known to humanity.
Related: Hexapus is totally the name of my new band.
A hexapus, not a six-legged octopus [Telegraph]