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North Pacific Giant Octopus

North Pacific Giant Octopus – Enteroctopus dofleini

Description

The winner of being the largest of all Octopus species in the world is the North Pacific Giant. This one can be close to 150 pounds when it is fully mature and be as long as 15 feet. When you consider that some species are only a few inches in length and weight a couple of ounces there is a huge difference. The overall size of these octopuses really depends on the location where they live and what they feed on there.

You may read stories out there about some being much bigger than that. While those stories do continue to circulate they haven’t been verified. However, many experts don’t doubt at all that they can grow to be quite a bit larger than what we have recorded. Since they can blend into their surroundings so easily it can be very easy to miss one when it is right in front of you.

The ability to change colors due to pigmentation is very easy for this particular species. Since they can’t move as quickly or fit into small crevices they use the changing of color to blend in and to avoid being detected. They are normally a shade of red or brown and they can be light or dark. Yet due to their many habitats, they can be just about any color.

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Anatomy

The anatomy of a North Pacific Giant Octopus is very interesting. They tend to lie flat often on the bottom of the ocean so they seem to be like a tan starfish. It is this blending in though that makes them able to avoid detection from various types of predators. They have very long arms that are also thick. Along the length of them are many suction cups.

They have a head that is quite large compared to other species of Octopus. They have a mantle part of the body that is spherical in design. This is part of what helps them to be able to move around effortlessly.

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Evolution

No one really know for sure what has occurred throughout time for the North Pacific Giant Octopus to take on the role that it has. There is only speculation about how they have changed from millions of years ago until the present. It is strongly believed though that they have been able to continually adapt to their changing environment. The development of so many arms may be directly linked to the evolution process for them.

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Behavior

We don’t have very much information at all about the North Pacific Giant Octopus when it comes to their behavior. What we do know about them is that they have the ability to learn new things all the time. They can adapt to a changing environment through their learning skills. They are able to solve problems and they have excellent memories.

They do seem to spook easily and since they can’t move as fast as other species of Octopus they will release ink to getaway. They seem to do this more often than other species of Octopus and they also produce a larger volume of the dark ink because they have bigger glands for the production of it.

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Habitat/Distribution

The North Pacific Ocean is home to this species of Octopus. They tend to live about 200 feet below the surface of the water. Yet they have been found to live deeper and that is believed to be due to the changes in their environment. When they don’t have enough food to eat or they can’t find shelter then they will move deeper in order to have those basic needs met.

Octopus propelling over hard coral reef

North Pacific Giant Octopus – Enteroctopus dofleini

Diet/Feeding Habits

They spend most of their nighttime hours looking for food. The drawback of being a larger species is that you have to eat more to have energy. There is usually no problem though for the North Pacific Giant Octopus to find more than enough to eat in their natural environment. Some of their common items include fish, crabs, clams, and shrimp.

You may find it hard to believe but they have also been known to consume some of the small species of sharks out there. This can offer them a great meal and one that means they don’t have to hunt anymore for a day or two. They are opportunistic so they will do what they can to benefit as those chances for great meals happen to come their way.

The fact that they can consume these sharks has been verified through the stomach contents of some that have been captured in nets or killed accidentally. Without that type of information to verify it though this would continue to be considered a myth. The fact that they can consume small sharks really shows us how powerful the North Pacific Giant Octopus can be.
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Reproduction

Mating is about the only time that the male and female North Pacific Giant Octopus come into contact with each other. The process of mating involves the male taking a sperm sac from his body and placing it into the mantle of the female. This sac has a very thick protective coating on it because she may carry it around for about six months before her eggs are ready to be deposited.

There is also lots of sperm in that sac because she will need to allocate it among approximately 100,000 eggs. That process can take her many weeks to complete and it will consume every bit of her time. The role at that time switches from her own needs to protect the eggs at any cost. She will do all she can to keep them clean and to keep predators at bay.

Around the same time that her eggs hatch she will be at the end of her life span. For the males, they will die very soon after mating. The life span is prolonged for the female to give her time to pass on survival to the next generation. Even in the best of conditions this species of Octopus doesn’t live more than 3-5 years. Yet that is considerably longer than many species with a life span of less than one year.

These offspring are extremely small at birth but have the ability to swim and to be able to find food. Yet they are also highly regarded as a source of food by predators out there. Out of those 100,000 eggs, only about 1,000 of them will survive the first few months of life. Even less than that will reach the age of maturity.

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Predators

Even though this is a large-sized Octopus that doesn’t make it exempt from predators. In fact, there are some large ones out there that find it to make a very nice meal. Among them include Sperm Whales, Sea Otters, and Harbor Seals. It really depends on the location where the happen to live.

Humans do find capturing them to be ideal due to their size. They can offer quite a large amount of meat to be used for various types of food dishes. They also like to get rid of these creatures in the water because they consume many of the other creatures that they are trying to commercially harvest. Even so, there doesn’t seem to be a problem when it comes to their overall numbers remaining out there.

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Octopus Defenses

Octopus Abilities

The Octopus has an amazing body design. They are able to defend themselves in a variety of ways. The most common is flight since they can use jet propulsion to quickly move through the water. Their flexible body has no bones so they can escape into small cracks, rocks, crevices, and even into bottles and cans that have found their way into the bottom of the water.Common Octopus Copia

The Octopus is well known for the ability to release a dark ink substance from glands in the body. When they experience stressful situations they will release this type of ink in order to disorient their predators. The ink reduces vision and the ability to smell. This leaves the predator confused and disoriented while the Octopus makes its rapid getaway.

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Powerful Venom

The bite from an Octopus has a very powerful venom in it. This is how they are able to paralyze their prey while they consume them. This venom is generally not harmful to humans. There are only one species that has a powerful enough venom to kill a person. That is the Blue Ring Octopus. Actually, it can kill 26 full-grown men, in minutes.

Their ability to change colors due to control over their pigmentation is very important. They are able to blend into their surroundings this way. Both humans and predators in the water can go right by them without ever seeing them. In simple terms, they are able to hide right there in plain sight.

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They can make that color change very rapidly, and that does help them to get away from predators. When they release ink they may only have a minute or two before they are pursued. By blending into the surroundings thug the predator will likely go right by them and find something else to make a meal out of.

Mimic Octopus Bernd CopiaFor the Mimic Octopus, their defense mechanisms goes even further than that. It allows them to take on the coloring and the design of about 15 different types of animals. They will move in the water acting like eels, starfish, and more in order to stay away from predators. They will use this defense to also allow them to get very close to the food they wish to consume. In such a form they aren’t viewed as a threat until it is too late.

By nature, they are very fierce when it comes to defending their eggs from predators. Some species of females lay them in the coral reefs or well-hidden crevices. Others carry them safely under their arms until they are ready to hatch. They will spend so much time protecting their young that they forget about their own basic needs such as eating. Their bodies are designed for them to do all they can to ensure that as many of them are able to hatch as possible.

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The design of the body for the Octopus is one that allows them to have various ways to defend themselves. Sometimes they are captured by prey by an arm or two and that would seem like the end of the road for them. Yet they are able to instinctively allow those arms to be pulled off and they swim away at top speed. In a short period of time, those arms will grow back. This type of defense mechanism is very fascinating and it works for all species of Octopus.

What is also amazing is that they seem to be able to adapt to their various environmental changes. With that, they end up finding creative ways to protect themselves. They will do all they can to defend themselves though. Any predator going after an Octopus better be up to a fight. That is why they generally leave the larger species alone.

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Three hearts, a massive brain, and blue blood, they navigate unlike anything else. The earliest octopus fossil is Pohlsepia, which swam the oceans 296 million years ago.

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Octopus Facts

Top Octopus Facts

You already know that the Octopus is an amazing creature, but there are plenty of fun facts to discover about them as well. Chances are you only know the basics of these creatures, but that is all about to change.

The Octopus only lives in oceans due to their need for saltwater.

There is no skeleton for an Octopus. This is why it is able to get into very small spaces.

They are considered to be the most intelligent of all invertebrates.

There are many stories about humans being killed by Octopus but most of them aren’t true at all. One species called the Blue Ring Octopus does give off a type of venom that can kill humans.

The ends of the arms on the Octopus have small suction cups. They have sensors on them that allow them to taste the food.

The life span for an Octopus is very short. Many species don’t live longer than six months. Others can live out to five years. The males often die within a few months of mating. The females usually die after they hatch their eggs.

There are more than 300 known species of Octopus. Most experts believe that there are many more we will discover as time goes on.

Each Octopus has three hearts. Two of them allow the blood to circulate to the gills. The other is for the body to circulate the blood.

Octopus can change their coloring to blend into the surroundings for protection. They can also try to act like an Eel or other animals to scare off predators.

A female Octopus can lay up to 200,000 eggs at once depending on the species. Approximately 2/3 of the offspring will die within the first couple of weeks of life.

They have extremely good eyesight.

The largest species of Octopus is the North Pacific Giant Octopus. They can weigh about 100 pounds and have arms up to 14 feet long. The smallest species is the California Octopus. They are less than 1 inch in size.

Octopus is consumed around the world and prepared in a variety of ways. It can be eaten alive, raw, and cooked. It is also cooked with a variety of different spices. You will find tons of recipes online you can try.

Some people keep Octopus as pets because they want to own something exotic. They are well-known escape artists though, with the ability to get out of even the most secure tanks.

They are considered to be very strong for a creature of their size. They can lift things that are many time their own body weight.

Some species of Octopus have been able to successfully kill large types of fish and sharks.Top Octopus Facts

Sometimes it is called the Devil Fish due to the appearance of it. In earlier times this particular appearance was considered to be evil by men on fishing boats.

Should an Octopus lose an arm it can grow another in its place.

They don’t have the ability to hear. They also don’t have any type of organs that give the impression that they were ever able to in the past either.

There are some Octopus that live in very shallow waters but the majority of them live close to the floor of the ocean.

The smaller an Octopus is the more dangerous it can be due to the amount of toxic poison in the body.

None of the species of Octopus make any types of sounds for communication.

Even though these are water creatures, it is known for them to leave water for brief periods of time when in their natural environment.

The Octopus is categorized as a mollusk.

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Octopus Feeding

Octopus Diet

At the ends of the arms of Octopus are suction cups. They contain sensors that allow them to taste their food. These animals are very particular about the overall taste of their food. They will pass up a meal that is readily available if they don’t care for the way it tastes. This will occur even if they are very desperate for food in order to survive.

The Octopus – Amazing Features  – Read Or Listen To The Article Click Here
Three hearts, a massive brain, and blue blood, they navigate unlike anything else. The earliest octopus fossil is Pohlsepia, which swam the oceans 296 million years ago.

What do octopus eat?

They mainly consume mollusks and crustaceans. They are also known to eat various types of fish and snails.
Sometimes they will also feed upon smaller species of Octopus that are around them when they can’t find enough other food sources for survival.
They have a very strong and powerful beak on their mouths that they use to get prey and to rip them apart. They will swallow chunks of food whole.

Many of the types of foods that the Octopus consume have shells on them. They are able to get their food source out of the shells before they eat them.
When they aren’t able to, they release a type of toxin from the body that will quickly dissolve the tissues that connect it to the shell.

This type of behavior is one that they make seem very easy. Yet researchers find it to be very complex in nature.

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Somehow these creatures know if they need to use the toxins and how much. With some prey, they will create two holes and put the toxin into each of them. With others, they only drill one hole. It is believed that they have some instinctive connection for what they should do to benefit from the meal in front of them.

Most of the time Octopus will feed during the night time. They are able to see well in the dark, murky waters which gives them the advantage over their prey. They will hunt during the day though when they are very hungry and an opportunity presents itself. They are amazing predators. Since they can blend in so well to their surroundings they are able to get close to prey without being recognized.

The use of the suction cups on the arms is another way that they are able to capture their prey. There is a sticky type of residue here among the webbing that makes it virtually impossible for the prey to getaway. The foods that they do consume go through the esophagus and then directly up into the brain area. Then they are carried back down the body into the digestive system.

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Octopus Feeding Method?

When Octopus bite their prey, they inject a powerful venom into it. This usually won’t kill the prey but it is enough to immobilize it. That way the prey isn’t thrashing around and fighting back as they are trying to consume it.

Most living creatures tend to eat more before they lay eggs or give birth. For the female Octopus though they don’t eat for about a month before they young are born. They spend all of their time trying to defend the eggs from predators, keeping them clean, and at the right temperature. By the time the young are born they are close to death themselves.

They don’t care for their young when they hatch or teach them to hunt. Instead, the young offspring go to the surface of the water where they will hunt for plankton. As they get bigger and older they will move towards the bottom of the ocean where they will consume the other types of foods mentioned here. Hunting for prey is very instinctive for them though from the moment they come out of the egg.

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