The trend of eating a live octopus derives from Japan and Korea where people like chewing its fresh tentacles. Many feel excited about how such tentacles keep moving and adhering to anywhere even when being cut out of their body.

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Additionally, people in Eastern Asia also love eating a live octopus because the sea creature has taurine – an amino acid that is known as a natural Viagra and good for blood sugar in the body.

However, enjoying a live octopus as a meal must be a bad idea. Maybe you know that but somebody doesn’t know. They always make the mistake while they are unaware of the danger of octopuses – a sea creature a.k.a alien intelligence.

Back in 2019, “Seaside Girl Little Seven”, a famous food Vlogger in China, was attacked by an octopus when she tried to eat it alive. In fact, it did its best to eat her in a surviving battle. It moved its suckers to the vlogger’s face as if it was going to tear her skin.

As a result, the vlogger bled and broke her skin while trying to escape from the little monster. She painfully said that her face was disfigured and had to stop the live-stream. But she didn’t forget to assure her fans that she would eat this octopus in another video.

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She looked so painful!

The Chinese girl is not the first vlogger who has trouble eating a live octopus. In 2018, Mario Adrion, a German model, and vlogger was also attacked by an octopus while trying to taste Korea’s traditional food.

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Another victim of the trend of eating octopuses.

Adrion came to visit Korea and got inspired by National Geographic’s video showing a Korean man taught foreign tourists how to eat all of a live octopus by rolling it into the end of chopsticks.

This man dipped the moving octopus in a seasoning bowl and put it into his mouth. Adrion tried to imitate his movements but he obviously didn’t work well. The octopus attacked the model and gave him swelling on his forehead, maybe it was due to poison in its suckers.

The model finally had to have a check-up in the hospital. It was lucky that he didn’t get injured or poisonous heavily. However, some health experts warn that eating a live octopus, in some cases, may kill you.

In 2010, a woman choked on a live octopus. It might try to fight back into her throat, and therefore, covering her airway. This woman then fell down and lost her life. She was taken to the hospital but she still died after 16 days.

Nutrient expert Jenny Tschiesche says that octopus, in fact, doesn’t belong to the list of dangerous seafood. Its risk rate is rather low and maybe that’s why Koreans like eating a live octopus.

However, experts also advise that the sea creature can make eaters choke or have their airway covered, leading to the deaths. According to a Korean chief, Kim Sang Jin, octopuses need cutting into small pieces and removing mucus that allegedly doesn’t taste good. It wouldn’t be wise to eat a large piece because it could be stuck into your throat and steal your life.

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Eating this sea creature may not be a wise idea.

In fact, an octopus is an intelligent creature with half a billion nerve cells, similar to a dog. About 2/3 of its nerve cells are distributed in 08 tentacular arms. That’s why these tentacles can keep moving even when being cut out of its body and brain.

That is known as the defense mechanism of the skeleton-less creature. When being attacked, the cut-down suckers will keep moving to attract enemies in a bid to help the octopus escape.

Because of the octopus’s characteristics, some animal ethicians believe that it is too cruel to eat the sea creature alive. Do these octopuses and their suckers feel hurt as being eating alive or not?

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Dr. Jennifer Mather, a psychologist and a researcher of behaviors of cephalopod mollusks (octopuses and squid), said that, in fact, tentacles that are removed out of the octopus’s body, don’t feel hurt.

Although they keep moving with nerve cells, they don’t have a connection with the brain, and therefore, they don’t feel hurt as you think. However, live octopuses can feel hurt every time you cut a tentacle into pieces.

To relieve suffering for octopuses as food for humans, Mather suggests a more humane method in food processing: you should put an octopus into a freezer. Such mollusks like octopuses don’t have any temperature regulation process inside their body. Therefore, you can take them to a certain point that they don’t have any awareness.

And then, you can kill, defrost, or process them in a more friendly way. Anyway, many still prefer eating a live octopus rather than a frozen octopus. In this case, Dr. Mather advises you to give it a smooth death with minimized pain by cutting its head and brain first.

She said that Hawaiians might have done that. They bit the octopus’s brain and killed it as soon as possible.