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North pacific octopus

North pacific octopus

North pacific octopus

North pacific octopus

Facts

LatinEnteroctopus dofleini
Size850 cm
FoodBottom-living animals and large crustaceans
HabitatOn the seabed down to 750 meters
IUCN

Not evaluated

Noboby knows if the Pacific octopus is threatened in the wild

LocationPacific Ocean
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Superman of the molluscs

The giant Pacific octopus is a mollusc just like snails and bivalves. However, the octopus is something of a superman compared with other molluscs. It's fast, intelligent and has fantastic vision.

What's up and what's down?

The giant Pacific octopus's arms radiate out from its head. They are situated in a ring around the mouth. The body looks like a bag turned backwards.

Hermits

Octopuses are not keen on company. They live most of their lives alone in caves, which they guard from other curious cephalopods. They only leave their hiding places at night, when hunting.

World's biggest

The giant Pacific octopus is the world's largest octopus. It can have an arm span of 8 meters.

Black ink

Almost all octopus species can release ink if they feel threatened. The ink creates a black cloud in the water that works as a smokescreen and confuses the enemy. In olden times, octopus ink was used for writing.

A camouflaged giant

In a split second the giant Pacific octopus can change its skin colour and surface. It does this with its completely unique colour cells and small muscles in the skin. It can also change the shape of its entire body because it does not have a skeleton. This transforms it into an invisible hunter and a difficult to catch prey.

Dies for its offspring

Despite its impressive size, the giant Pacific octopus only lives to be 3-5 years old. It reproduces just once and the male dies shortly after the mating process. The females care for the eggs, and they die just after the eggs have hatched.

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