Another dissection

Following our enjoyable home dissection of ‘Simon’ the Fish, my daughter and I recently decided to try another. She spotted the perfect subject while on a trip to our local supermarket. Meet Octavia the octopus.

This time, my daughter was joined by two of her friends. As you will see from the photographs, we found a large number of small objects that looked a bit like overcooked rice grains. We suspected they might be eggs, so I got in touch with a marine biologist at Bristol University, Dr. Shelby Temple, who very kindly confirmed our suspicions. He said we had a ‘gravid female and those are her eggs’. Thanks again, Dr Temple.

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