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Giant Pacific Octopus

Enteroctopus dofleini

Size – radial span of 4.3m (14ft) up to 6m (20ft)

Weight – average 15kg (33lbs) up to 50kg (110lbs)

Giant Pacific Octopus are usually reddish in color but will change based on their environment. They have eight arms covered in over 280 suckers.

Giant Pacific Octopus are found along the coast of the north pacific, along Mexico, the United States, Canada, Russia, Eastern China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula. They prefer dens or lairs, under boulders and rock crevices.

Their diet consists of shrimp, crabs, scallops, cockles, snails, clams, lobsters, fish, squid and other octopus.

Giant Pacific Octopus are very intelligent and have the ability to complete a variety of unique activities such as:
Solve simple puzzles, open childproof bottles and use tools.

It is also known as the North Pacific giant octopus.

Based on size records it is believed to be the largest of all the octopus species. They live 3-5 on average when in the wild.

One octopus was recorded to have suckers that were 6.4cm (2.5in)

They are commonly found in aquariums due to their size.

Giant Pacific Octopus Photo
By pr2is - Adobe Stock
Giant Pacific Octopus Featured
By The Speedy Butterfly - Adobe Stock
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By Kirt L. Onthank - Own work (Original text: self-made), CC BY-SA 3.0,