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Would You Eat This Live Octopus?

The other day I came across a very disturbing video. In the video, one of my favorite America's Next Top Model contestants — Elyse Sewell from Cycle 1 — eats live octopus tentacles. She slurps the squirming tentacles down as if they were nothing and she does it while sexily eyeing the camera. Tyra would be so proud, Elyse looks like a model while eating live seafood!

I thought I could eat anything but watching the octopus move as she swallowed it made me feel kind of sick. Still, I pride myself on being adventurous and would try my hardest to stomach this octopus. How about you? Would you eat live octopus?


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tayrose tayrose 7 years
To solve this controversy, the world should just stop killing/eating animals. Go veg! -An avid vegetarian.
swati05 swati05 8 years
I am vegiterian :)
Mamarosa Mamarosa 9 years
I've heard of this before- I've seen the whole baby octopus wound around chopsticks, dipped in sauce and then eaten. I guess my one thought is that you're giving it the chance to kill you while you eat it. The tentacles do often get stuck and we have a friend's uncle who had the baby octopus get stuck in his throat. It didn't kill him but it gave him a run for his money.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
If I were travelling and this were some sort of regional cuisine, I'd definitely eat it. I don't think I'd like it though....but I'm always up for trying differetn foods! I've had cooked octopus before and I like it.
blackdiamonds blackdiamonds 9 years
I prefer eating it cooked. Can't imagen myself eating it while its still moving lol. Isn't this a Korean Dish? I would love to try their cusine minus the raw meet ;p
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
I wouldn't eat it dead, so, nope, never!
nrmunch55 nrmunch55 9 years
no thank you......ewewewewewwwwwwwwww.
Roxymoxi Roxymoxi 9 years
1. It's like chopping a worm or snake up. It still wiggles. 2. That's Elise from America's Next Top Model! Didn't expect to see her again!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I don't eat sushi - I have a thing about raw meats. I eat my steak well done that pink stuff grosses me out - So no I wouldn't eat the octopus. I have eaten it cooked and it's delicious and will surely eat it again. American stands for greatness. If you don't like it here go somewhere else, this is a big planet.
leelah leelah 9 years
elyse is the coolest chick ever. her look at the end makes me smile.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Hell to the nawwww. I wouldn't eat a dead octopus, much less a live one.
lemassabielle lemassabielle 9 years
lemassabielle lemassabielle 9 years
Eggs, stop being so bitter and judgmental. I'm getting very upset about all the criticism we all give each other. It's sad that all cultures just can't bury the hatchet and learn to get along. I despise seafood and eating life tentacles would turn my stomach. Actually, it probably would literally turn my stomach. The video grossed me out. I'm American (Terribly sorry I can't help where I come from! don't group me along with what you see as our culture) and cook fresh foods. I don't eat out or indulge too much in food. We should all just kill ourselves at this rate, huh? since no one is happy with anyone or anything.
misogi misogi 9 years
I don't think that an octopus can be cut up into little chunks and still be considered alive. Yes, the tentacles are moving, but I don't see this as a form of cannibalism. It's just a cultural food to me, nothing more.
Euni Euni 9 years
Um, some of you guys are being way too judgmental. This is a popular drinking delicacy in Korea and happens to be quite good. There is a danger of the suction cups being stuck inside the throat but otherwise, the flavor is just like eating cooked octopus. Please be somewhat considerate. If you find it gross, just say it's gross, not that it's inhumane or barbaric. Try to experience other cultures besides whatever the hell American culture stands for... I guess hamburgers, over-eating and paparazzi.
verily verily 9 years
I have never liked octopus, so I wouldn't want to eat the tentacles off a living one either.
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
hellz no...alive, raw, slimy...wrong...not even rolled in rice and seaweed...
raieven raieven 9 years
christ no that is VILE
iseulbee iseulbee 9 years
It's not really alive. It's just the tentacles and they wriggle for a little bit after being severed from the rest of it's body. To me, it's not any more cruel to eat than cooked octopus. Or any other cooked animal. I wouldn't eat live lobster where it's walking around on my table with the head still attached. Now that is cruel.
iseulbee iseulbee 9 years
I eat it all the time! You dip it in sesame oil mixed with a little sea salt.
msilvia msilvia 9 years
I have enjoyed many a scallop, clam, and even a few fish that were still moving. I've swallowed a few bugs too. I have no problem eating living plants or animals, and but I do have an issue with eating exceptionally intelligent ones. Octopus have been shown to have great aptitude for problem solving, creativity, and memory, and while I have eaten them and found them tasty, I gave up the practice after finding out that they are as thoughtful as they are.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
okay so this is gross. I lived on Kauai from the age of 3-6 and my parents were hippie/naturalists. My step dad would go out and throw a net into the ocean and that is what we ate for the day/week. We were camping on the beach and he happened to catch an octopus and what does he do? chops it up, puts some lemon on it and gives it to us to eat...well..when he wasn't looking I buried the poor thing. I wouldn't eat it then and won't eat it now!
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