Giant Pacific Octopus

Where in the world?

Cold coastal waters of the North Pacific Ocean.


Animal Facts:

Adult Giant Pacific Octopuses usually reach an arm span of only 14 feet, but the longest ever discovered was 32 feet!  Long-lived compared to other octopuses, they usually live only 3-5 years in the wild.

Giant Pacific Octopus eat mollusks, crustaceans, and fish.  Prey is captured with suckers and broken open or bitten through with their hard beak.

Octopuses have the ability to change color using special cells known as chromatophores, which they mainly use to camouflage themselves.  Another form of protection is their ability to release a dark ink that confuses and blinds predators as the octopus escapes.

Did you know?

Octopuses are extremely intelligent, considered the most intelligent invertebrates.  They can solve puzzles and mazes, use tools, and can squeeze through any space larger than their beak.



Posted on

July 31, 2019