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The Freshwater Octopus is a medium-sized cephalopod occasionally found in rivers of North America. It is said to be 2–3 feet long. They are said to be found in the Licking River, Kentucky; Kanawha and Blackwater Rivers, West Virginia; Ohio River, at Louisville and Cincinnati.

Sightings Edit

On December 24, 1933, Robert Trice and R. M. Saunders were fishing on the Kanawha River near Charleston, West Virginia, when they hauled in a 3-foot octopus. Recent research by Mark Hall has proven this incident a hoax.

On January 30, 1959, a gray octopus was seen surfacing and moving onto the bank of the Licking River near Covington, Kentucky.

On November 19, 1999, a dead octopus was found on the bank of the Ohio River at the Falls of the Ohio State Park, Jeffersonville, Indiana, on some fossil beds. It was identified as either a Caribbean armstripe octopus (Octopus burryi) or a Bumblebee two-stripe octopus (O. filosus), both Atlantic species, and was not in a state of decomposition. Both are available through aquariums.

Theories Edit

NOTE: All known cephalopod species are exclusively marine. Octopi, even more than squid, require high salinity levels.

  1. Discarded aquarium pets. 
  2. Wandering, senescent individuals at the 

end of their life cycle, though the Ohio  River is a bit far to stray in essentially toxic  water. 

  1. An unknown species of octopus adapted 

to a low-saline environment.

See Also Edit

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