My first cephalopod for iNat. Was cool to see the viscous nature of the ink and the copious amounts it shot out. Amazing when it transformed into a rock before us. (Photo#3)
The East Pacific Red Octopus (Octopus rubescens) is a bottom-dwelling species that lives in habitats that range from the shallow intertidal zone to waters of depths up to about 900 feet. The East Pacific red octopus can change its color and pattern readily, enabling it to blend into surrounding seascapes and avoid detection by predators and prey.
Range: the coastal waters of the eastern Pacific, along the west coast of North America.
One 12cm specimen.
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.