Under rock initially, then on surfgrass. Found near sunset.
Two octopi seen tonight. The first one I saved from a gull that was carrying it off. It was kind enough to let me photograph it, before slinking away. The second one was not quite as photogenic.
Lucky shot of it using a huge jet of water from its siphon to shoot completely out of the water (and the dish)! It had been sulking in the dish after being captured by a group of students; see rock-coloration in second photo. The third photo shows it going back to sulking after its unsuccessful escape from the paparazzi.
Other photo shows closeup of its eye - can see the chromatophores, very cool.
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.