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Baby octopus strays into Solent
Osborne is fit, healthy and recovering. Pic: Jenna MacFarlane
A baby octopus, more usually found in the warm Mediterranean, has been caught in Hampshire waters.

The fisherman who netted the 20cm-long (8in) octopus in the Solent off Portsmouth, took it to Blue Reef Aquarium where staff named it Osborne.

A spokesman for the aquarium said it was odd for a common octopus to be found so far north, and when sea temperatures were at their lowest.

Osborne, said to be less than a year old, is recovering in a special tank.

Blue Reef Aquarium curator, James Wright, said: "As far as we can discover it's very rare indeed for a common octopus to be found alive in this part of the country.

"It remains something of a mystery as to how he came to be here.

"Despite his experience Osborne appears fit and healthy and we're hoping to get him to start feeding in the next few days.

"We're keeping him in a tank where the temperature is closer to what he would experience in the Mediterranean."

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