Giant Pacific Octopus
The Giant Pacific Octopus is the largest species of octopus. On average, GPOs reach 16 feet in length and weigh 110 pounds. Each of its 8 arms may measure over 6 feet!
Range & Habitat
Giant Pacific Octopuses range throughout the temperate waters of the Pacific Ocean from southern California to Alaska, and west to the Aleutian Islands and Japan.
In the Wild -- shrimp, clams, lobsters, sharks, birds, crabs, smaller octopuses, scallops, abalones, moon snails, rockfish, flatfish, sculpins.
At the Zoo: smelt, herring, clams, scallops, shrimp, mussels.
Fun Facts about the Giant Pacific Octopus
- The only part of an octopus (or any cephalopod) that is not soft and pliable is its beak, a hard structure similar to a parrot’s beak that serves as its mouth.
- A 50-pound octopus can squeeze through a hole only 2 inches in diameter. If the beak fits, it can get through.
- Octopuses are about 90% muscle.
- Octopuses frequently lose an arm to predators, but it can grow back.
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