In December 1998, a common octopus
was captured in Latoya Bay, Japan,
which had a whopping 96 tentacles. The
unusual octopus had the normal 8
appendages attached to the body, but
each one of those branched out to form
the extra tentacles. The specimen
survived for five months after its
capture, and even laid eggs, which
hatched into normal 8 tentacled octopi.
Upon its death, the
octopus was preserved and now
remains on permanent display at the
Shima Marineford Aquarium in Japan.