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AIRED: 04-10-2022

A recently proposed aquaculture octopus farm in the Canary Islands would raise 3,000 metric tons of octopus a year, which means almost 275,000 individual octopuses will be killed annually.
My research examines animal minds and ethics, and to me, the phrase “octopus culture” brings to mind Octopolis and Octlantis, two communities of wild octopuses in Jervis Bay, Australia.
In Octopolis, numerous octopuses share – and fight over – a few square meters of seabed. In these watery towns, octopuses form dominance hierarchies, and they’ve started developing new behaviors: male octopuses fight over territory and, perhaps, females by throwing debris at one another and boxing.


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