They eat seafood like crabs, fish, and small sand sharks.
They live on the ocean floor at 330 ft or deeper alone in dens.
They live alone and only encounter a companion during mating
The female will sometimes lunge at and kill and eat the male after mating.
They have camouflage for survival because, they lack a protective shell on their body.
They hunt alone at night and can see by receptors in their skin which sense light, they also get their sense of touch and taste from the suckers on their 8 tentacles.
Either way they will both die after being in a dementia like state.
The female, then lays 74,000 eggs and watches over them without eating for roughly 8 months.
They have the ability to teach themselves to differentiate shapes. From recent studies and close observation, we know they can complete mazes, open jars, and boxes.
They can mimic colors and actions of other species because they have 64 lobes in their brain, and it grows in cells and size over their lifetime.
Review of Pacific Octopus
A pro for this animals being in captivity, is that if they ever have health problems they will be immediately tended to. Keeping them in captivity might give an audience the opportunity to see this animal for the first time or bring awareness to the intelligence and other interesting facts about it.
Cons of keeping this animal in captivity are that they won't be stimulated enough mentally, the interaction with transportation and other animals could be detrimental and most importantly, they will not be able to mate which is a natural part of their lives and aids in sustaining the population.
Captivity or not?
I don’t think this animal should be confined to one space, because it is such an intelligent and curious animal; more so than most mammals. It’s specific ways of hunting in the wild at night, and opportunity to reproduce and die naturally after will be taken from it. It cannot spend its already short life span of 3-5 years in captivity as entertainment for spectators.
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Created by: Becca Heslop
ocean science final
final project for ocean science about pacific octopus