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    Default Really Strange Question...octopus pearl?

    I'm here at this form because I'm not sure where else to go to ask. My wife and I went to dinner last night and ordered Octopus. The tenticles were cut into about 2-3" sections. As I was cutting one of the pieces I noticed a white ball pop out of one of the suckers. Within that same piece there were about 4 suckers. Each time I cut a white ball came out of each of the suckers. There were about 4-5 white balls that just popped out of the suckers. To be honest I was really grossed out. I've googled everything I could think of and "white balls from octopus suckers" comes up with nothing. Could these have been pearls?

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    I found this article on how octopus suckers work:
    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2...-suckers-work/

    There is nothing in there about a structure that could look like a pearl or white ball, so it's a mystery!
    As octopuses don't form shells I don't see how they could make pearls, though.

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    I agree what you are describing, design89, I have seen that myself with some indian ocean octopus. There are hundreds octopus species, and that seems specific of only a few, or a question of life conditions? Anyway, cephalopods can produce calcareous structures (cuttlefishs bones, nautilus shells), also cartilage parts (squid bones), even chitinous (octopus beak), but neither of these materials is built like pearls.
    Last edited by ericw; 06-24-2018 at 06:52 PM.

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    Welcome dezign89,

    Did you save the items? We'd love a photo if possible! Fascinating and thank you for sharing!

    Sheri, do you have any insights on this??
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    That is really bizarre - I haven't heard of anything like this. I'll ask the cephalopod experts at the aquarium this week. I have had the experience of having round cellophane-like pieces stuck to my arm after being caressed by a giant pacific octopus, but that is sloughed-off skin, nothing hard or remotely pearl-like. A mystery! I would love to see a photo and know the size of these little balls. I don't suppose you kept them, dezign89?

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    See this link to find the Octopus Pearl post:

    https://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sh...opus#post63410
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    Interesting points of view, la_corsetiere and GemGeek.
    Many natural singularities are not listed, specially about see life, not yet so much well known than terrestrial.
    In tropical oceans, I have found myself curiosities I have spent several years to understand, without any known scientific studies on their subjects.
    In case of these small beads inside octopus suckers, it might be considered the possibility of cooking action on some proteinic tissues, for the same result of fish eyes' lens (I remember they looked like that) or egg white, becoming white and solid when cooked.
    Last edited by ericw; 06-25-2018 at 04:46 PM.

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    Well this is weird ! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katbran View Post
    Well this is weird ! lol
    You are right, Katbran, weird beads jumping out of tenticles, in a restaurant, the good beginning for a novel of Poe or Lovercraft

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