Yep. I live very close to the Gulf of Mexico, and there are a ton of fresh seafood markets right there on Galveston Bay. I buy the octopus cleaned and ready to cook because I don't really know how to clean them. The shrimp I get in the shell, but without heads and peel them myself so I can use the shells to make shrimp stock for the campechana, gumbo, or to prepare the noodles for spring rolls. The octopus are very tender and have a great mild seafood flavor if you buy them fresh, I've used frozen and the cooked flavor and texture is not so great. IMO, if you can get past the tentacle factor, they're a really cheap source of seafood protein.