Pacific Octopus Facts
Record size has reached 30 feet in length.
The Pacific octopus grows larger and lives longer than any other octopus species in the Ocean. The record size for the North Pacific octopus has reached 30 feet in length ( 9.1 meters ) in length and weighed more then 600 pounds ( 272 kilograms).
The life span is to be around four years old, with both males and females dying soon after reproduction. ( breeding). Females do live long enough to tend to their eggs but they do nto eat during the month long brooding period, and die soon after.
This Octopus is known as a sea giant and have huge bulbous heads and generally are reddish or brown color. This octopus uses special pigment cells in their skin to change colors and textures, to help blend in to patterned corals plants, and rocks.
They hunt at night, surviving on tasty lobsters, shrimp, clams, and fish and are also known to attack and eat sharks as well as birds, using a powerful sharp, beak like mouths that puncture and tear flesh. The beak that has a position the octopus uses to attack its pray. The poison is deadly to animals but not so much to humans.
They hunt at night, surviving primarily on shrimp, clams, lobsters, and fish, but have been known to attack and eat sharks as well as birds, using their sharp, bearlike mouths to puncture and tear flesh. They range throughout the temperate waters of the Pacific, from southern California to Alaska, west to the Aleutian Islands and Japan.
Highly intelligent creatures, Pacific octopuses have learned to open jars, mimic other octopuses, and solve mazes in lab tests. Their population numbers are unknown, and they do not currently appear on any lists of endangered or vulnerable animals. However, they are sensitive to environmental conditions and may be suffering from high pollution levels in their range.
Fisheries and By catch
Most North Pacific Octopuses are caught incidentally in trawl, longline, and pot fisheries. Pacific cod fisheries, especially those using pot gear, account for 90% of total octopus bycatch, which makes this species the most accidental caught while fishing with pods in the North West. Read More by NOAA:
The short life span has made it difficult for research studying the Giant Pacific Octopuses, however scientist think their populations are stable and numbers are growing.
Life History:Giant Pacific octopuses are solitary animals. Only near the end of their 3-6 year life span will they seek out a mate. The male passes a spermatophore into the female’s mantle during mating. The female has up to 6 months to use it to fertilize her eggs. Up to 100,000 eggs are laid in long, braided strands and attached to the roof of a well protected cave. The female will stay with the eggs, guarding them from predators and keeping them clean and aerated for the 6-12 months it will take them to hatch. She will not feed during this time. When the eggs hatch the young octopus are about the size of a grain of rice and planktonic, floating near the ocean surface. It is not well documented how long they remain in this stage before settling out on the ocean floor and assuming a more octopus-like appearance. Read More:
Saving The North Pacific Octopus
The giant pacific octopus are being fished off the coast of North America and Japan. The fisherman are selling octopus to humans and also sold and used as fishing bait.
Lowering Plastic Pollution the ocean will save most all marine animals and the octopus is being effected greatly by floating derbies that truly are not the food that should be consumed by our marine wildlife and will have huge effects or event death to most marine animals that are forced to consume so much plastic in their diets. Make a one time donation to help save the Giant Pacific Octopus:
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