You Can’t Vaccinate an Octopus

September 27, 2013 4:30pm
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You Can’t Vaccinate an Octopus
http://boingboing.net/2013/09/25/you-cant-vaccinate-an-octopu.html

Admittedly I was drawn to this one simply because the title is awesome, but it’s actually kind of interesting if you take a couple of minutes to read it. Apparently octopuses have a different type of immune system than us crazy vertebrates do which prevents them from learning how to fight different kinds of diseases. They say it’s one of the reasons that octopuses aren’t farmed for foods – because farmers typically pump their animals up with vaccinations to protect them from disease in such close, container quarters.

Also, just how much octopus do you eat on a daily basis, anyways?! It’s the chicken of nowhere, really.

Still, the more you know!  :mrgreen:

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