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Have You Seen The Oklahoma Octopus?
Otto the Octopus
Published:9:51 AM - 08-03-11

It's not quite Nessie or Bigfoot but the famed, elusive Oklahoma freshwater octopus is out there! Well, not really but there are a bunch of folks who believe it might be. We have heard the stories for years but decided this week to go and take a deeper look into the legend.

The best place to start seemed to be with the guys who knew the most, the folks at the Oklahoma Aquarium. I met John Money, the Oklahoma Aquarium Curator Monday morning to see if he had heard the stories.

"Every now and then I get a call, someone will say they had a fish right at the edge of the boat that looked half fish, half octopus." That sounds odd, but hang on, John has heard it may be a bigger monster "I've heard it's the size of a horse and pulling boats over and taking swimmers to the bottom."

While John doesn't believe that, he does think there is something out there that confuses people. "It's a salamander, it's got these external gills when it's a juvenile and they look half fish, kinda frog like in the face and they have these ring of gills around the head and the fishermen thought it was tentacles.

So we don't have a picture of the alleged animal nor have I ever seen one despite over 900 scuba dives in Lake Tenkiller. But that doesn't mean they aren't down there, lurking, waiting for that next tasty swimmer!

Edited by: Brenda Booth
permanent link: http://www.mysterycasebook.com/2011/freshwateroctopus.html

source & references: Rick Couri



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