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Happy Halloween: The Giant Pacific Octopus

For Everyone, Underwater Discovery and Research

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Happy Halloween!

Keeping in theme with the holiday we wanted to share a post about a really neat undersea creature that disguises itself (much like everyone dressing up for Trick or Treating tonight). The Giant Pacific Octopus have special pigment cells in their skin to change colours and textures and can blend in with intricately patterned backdrops like corals, plants and rocks.

The Giant Pacific Octopus can grow larger than and live longer than all other species of octopus. They are typically around 16 feet across and weigh around 110 lbs. Their average life span is around 4 years, with males and females usually passing soon after breeding.

The species hunts at night and feeds mainly on shrimp, clams, lobsters, and fish. There have been accounts of them attacking and eating sharks and birds.

Appropriately named, the octopus species can be found in the Pacific, from Southern California to Alaska, West to the Aleutian Islands and Japan.

Very intelligent creatures, the Giant Pacific Octopus can open jars, mimic other octopuses and solve maze lab tests.

Check out this awesome video of the Octopus opening a container of food (Source: Disovery Channel, 2009).

Additional Source used: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/giant-pacific-octopus/

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