Giant Pacific Octopus

So today’s picture is an older picture, but one that I don’t think I’ve shared on the blog yet–it was one of the many pictures that I took out in Boston back in October.

So the New England Aquarium is now home to two giant Pacific octopus, and when I was there in October, they were actually moving around.

I can understand why these giant animals can be the villains of horror stories set at sea. They are huge, but also quite beautiful to look at.

I think it was looking at me.

These guys are found on around the northern Pacific seas–so around Washington, Oregon, northern California, British Columbia, Alaska, Russia, Japan, and the Korean peninsula. Since they are “giants” they can also range up to sixteen feet in length, and weigh up to 110 pounds.

I always say that there are animals that I would love to see in the wild: zebras, giraffes, cheetahs (so basically going on a safari), but I’m not sure how I’d handle seeing one of these in the wild.

One thing I do want to do–go see other aquariums. Since there is such a variety of sea life, I always enjoy looking at the different little exhibits and learning a little more on the life in the sea.