Fish merchant Josh Perkes knew he had hit seafood gold as soon as he saw this monster octopus. Josh, 33, regularly posts pictures of his outsize finds to his social media pages because it helps him get the attention of celebrity chefs and seafood restaurants.
Other bizarre giants of the deep Josh has pictured and sold include an 80-year-old Turbot weighing in at 15kg, and a huge Monkfish.
In this case, a top chef spotted the post and the denizen of the deep was rushed off to London as soon as it landed at Brixham, Devon.
Josh said: “I love octopus. This is a North Atlantic Octopus – which has double rows of suckers down the tentacles.
“I am 6ft 2in tall and the tentacles on this were more than 5ft long – which means that its tentacles in the water would have had a span of 8ft to 10ft.
“They don’t sting. But they do have a beak – like a parrot – and they could bite. This one was caught by one of the beamers in the channel.
he continued: “Brixham is on of the biggest ports when it comes to prime fish – with about 30 different species landed every day on the market.
“Other places have bigger bulks but Brixham is the biggest for turbot and brill and Dover sole. The quality is incomparable and we get the pick of the bunch.”
Josh supplies top restaurants throughout the South West, including The Seahorse in Dartmouth and On The Rocks in Torquay, both in Devon.