LOL, Carol, you have just compared certain parts of the male anatomy to tumors. That's a first! I'll just hop along now and maybe read a book or two; interesting discussion is developing here.corw314 said:What a find!!! Also what an interesting thought about fixing an octopus! I'm curious to hear what the experts think!! I know tumors and such can be removed from fish..... That would be amazing, if possable cause you could extend the life!!!!
OK, I'm sure the professor knows what he is talking about but why do we need such a complicated explanation for the size of this creature. Why could this creature not be naturally attaining it's normal body size at 8 feet? Just because few other nautiloids have been discovered over 4 feet long could simply be due to the paucity of the fossil record as opposed to some peculiar castration due to parasitic infection.Steve O'Shea said:"The professor said the cephalopod found by the students is a pathological giant, which possibly suffered from parasitic castration. In other words, parasitic algae destroyed the reproductive organs of the creature and the creature continued to grow."