Flashing us AND giving us the stink eye. Second octo I failed to grab today.
R. Ayres, R. Westgaard, E. Tyson, K. Ueda
R. Johnson, S. McComb, N. West, J. Centoni
There were a bunch of different school groups out there on Friday morning, so when I found this relatively big red octo under a rock I figured I'd bring it over to a group of elementary school kids and show them. They freaked out! They were insanely excited, with many claims of "Best field trip ever!" Maybe I should be a docent.
The East Pacific Red Octopus (Octopus rubescens) is the most commonly occurring shallow-water octopus on much of the North American west coast. 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.