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    • East Pacific Red Octopus
  • Scientific Names
    • Octopus rubescens
  • Spanish
    • Pulpo rojo del Pacífico

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Recent observations

Photos / Sounds

What

East Pacific Red Octopus Octopus rubescens

Observer

e-albright

Date

February 8, 2016 02:15 PM PST

Description

This octopus was climbing out of the pool as I walked by-almost completely out of the water. Red at first then changed color as it retreated back into the pool. I didn't notice if it had spots before it hid under a ledge. A little larger than most Two-Spotted Octopi, Octopus bimaculoides, that I've seen in the past.

Photos / Sounds

What

East Pacific Red Octopus Octopus rubescens

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

February 7, 2016 04:16 PM PST

Description

Pretty sure this is an EPR Octopus working through identity issues ("See look, two spots! I should have been born a two-spotted octopus."). Only problem is they're in the wrong location. Juvenile, found in empty red abalone shell.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

East Pacific Red Octopus Octopus rubescens

Observer

kestrel

Date

February 6, 2016 04:30 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

East Pacific Red Octopus Octopus rubescens

Observer

loarie

Date

February 6, 2016 05:32 PM UTC

Photos / Sounds

What

East Pacific Red Octopus Octopus rubescens

Observer

gbentall

Date

February 6, 2016 01:18 PM PST

Description

This guy was not happy with me. Sorry octopus!

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

East Pacific Red Octopus Octopus rubescens

Observer

mrpmarinebio

Date

January 20, 2015

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

East Pacific Red Octopus Octopus rubescens

Observer

connorlee

Date

March 4, 2015 05:11 PM PST

Description

Found in tide pools at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

East Pacific Red Octopus Octopus rubescens

Observer

marisa_a

Date

January 24, 2016 06:26 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

East Pacific Red Octopus Octopus rubescens

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

January 24, 2016 06:25 PM PST

Description

Small one, only about 6" across.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

East Pacific Red Octopus Octopus rubescens

Observer

raulagrait

Date

January 23, 2016 05:17 PM HST

Photos / Sounds

What

East Pacific Red Octopus Octopus rubescens

Observer

robberfly

Date

January 21, 2016 04:00 PM PST

Description

a gull pulled this out of the reef then dropped it when it flew off,,,

Photos / Sounds

What

East Pacific Red Octopus Octopus rubescens

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

January 21, 2016

Description

Rescued by Alison from the Beak of Death. Second photo shows appreciation of her boot.

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Description from Wikipedia

The East Pacific red octopus (Octopus rubescens) is the most commonly occurring shallow-water octopus on much of the North American West Coast, and a ubiquitous benthic predator in these habitats. Its range extends from the southern Gulf of California at least to the Gulf of Alaska, but may also occur in the western Pacific Ocean. O. rubescens occurs intertidally to a depth of 300 m.

No range data available.
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