Octopus Eggs

This teen age girl, growing up in a California coastal town, was obviously pregnant – stomach starting to swell, morning sickness, etc. She, however, tearfully insisted to her mother that she couldn’t possibly be pregnant. She had never “done it” with a boy and it just wasn’t possible.

As time went on, however, the signs continued. Her stomach continued to grow, her appetite increased, and so forth. Her mother insisted she was pregnant. The family doctor insisted she was pregnant. The girl insisted it wasn’t possible. She was still a “good” girl.

Finally x-rays were taken and the girl was vindicated. She had a large tumor in her stomach and surgery was performed immediately. To everyone’s amazement the surgeons removed, not a tumor, but a small, live octopus that had fastened itself to the lining of the girl’s stomach.

What happened to this girl supposedly is really possible. Octopus eggs are microscopic in size and laid in clusters of tens of thousands. They are usually affixed to kelp at the ocean bottom by a sticky secretion. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that a few could escape and float to the surface where they could be swallowed by an unsuspecting swimmer…. Anyway, don’t scoff, because the girl was a close friend of my older brother’s girlfriend. [1]

  1. Brunvard, Jan Horold.  The Choking Doberman. W.W. Norton & Company, 1984. 110-111. []

4 Comments

  1. wtf ever, an octopus needs ocean to breathe or it would die, krazi story though..good try, im sure it wouldve been on discovery health n wouldve made world news, not to mention guinness world records, now ive heard a women helping an octopus give birth but Never giving herself birth to an octopus. good lord

  2. Actually, I saw a story like this on the discovery channel many years ago. She didn’t swallow the eggs, though, they actually floated up into her vaginal opening (being microscopic). The already fertilized egg used her body’s warmth to grow and hatch.
    This was back in 2002; roughly eight years after any of the sources given on Snopes.com

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