A tiny red octopus, found crawling across surf-grass. No species-identifying features noted besides red color, small size, and proximity to extremely shallow water.
It was about 2 1/2 inches.
Size of a quarter
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.