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the inside (apart from Nautilus, which

still have external shells). Cuttlefish have

a cuttlebone on the inside, sometimes

found washed up on beaches, and often

found inside birdcages where they are a

good source of calcium. Squid have a

small internal shell called the pen or beak,

while an octopus has none at all.

Octopus hunt shrimp, scallops,

crabs, clams, moon snails, abalones,

smaller octopus, flatfish, rockfish for food.

However, they are the prey of seals, some

sharks, sea otters, sea lions, seals, larger

octopuses and big fish as well as squid

and mankind.

You can buy octopus whole, buy just

the tentacles, or buy baby octopus. Squid

comes whole, or just 'tubes', which is the

main body part, which can be stuffed or

sliced into rings, when they are most often

battered and fried. Whereas the octopus is

all tentacles and not much body, cuttlefish

and squid are tentacle-poor and body-rich,

yielding a piece of thick, white meat.

Octopus is lower in cholesterol

than squid and cuttlefish. All rate as full

proteins, cuttlefish are especially high

in iron, and octopus has high iron and

phosphorous content.

Squish in a dish

"Known as polpo in Italy, pulpo in Spain

and oktapodi in Greece, it's the Spanish

who consume the most octopus in

Europe." according to the website Great

British Chefs. "But their consumption still

falls far behind the Japanese who are

partial to tako - eaten as sushi, sashimi,

tako sunomono salad or the famous

street food takoyaki which are fried

octopus balls. The average cookable

octopus measures up to 80cm and has

eight succulent tentacles, which are each

a feast waiting to happen.

"Octopus flesh is far tougher than the

flesh of other cephalopods like squid or

cuttlefish so chefs worldwide have come

up with different strategies for tenderising

the flesh. In the Mediterranean, fishermen

beat octopuses against rocks; some

swear by cooking it in copper, massaging

it with salt or even simmering it with

wine corks. Some modern chefs have

even been known to bag it and pop it

in a spin cycle in the washing machine!

If handled with a little care, such extreme

techniques shouldn't be necessary -

gentle simmering should suffice!"

Octopus is lower in

cholesterol than squid

and cuttlefish. All

rate as full proteins,

cuttlefish are especially

high in iron, and

octopus has high iron

and phosphorous

content.

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