Revealing the Largest Octopus

Preview The giant pacific octopus can grow up to 600 pounds!

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Weighing 600 pounds (around 272kg) and having a 30 foot (around 9 meters) arm span, the largest recorded giant pacific octopus was truly enormous. Giant pacific octopuses are powerful predators that are able to eat anything from shrimps and lobsters to birds and likely small sharks. They are also incredibly smart, and can solve mazes and imitate other species of octopus.

The giant pacific octopus uses this intellect to protect its eggs. After mating with a male, the female stays with the eggs and keeps them clean, making sure they are free from fungi, bacteria, and algae. The mother maintains her eggs health by touching them with her arms and aerating them. She stays alive until the eggs hatch, and before she dies, she will blow the eggs into the open ocean.