My wife, son, and I found this octopus laid out on some rocks. It was pale and looked close to death. I moved it into some water to see if it would help. Its color improved and its muscle tone got better but it didn't immediately seek cover. I seem to remember octopi have short life spans and this one was a good size so maybe it was just its time. After taking these pictures we moved it near some cover and it hid. Hopefully it gets better or at least it'll have a more peaceful parting than getting picked apart by seagulls or harassed by more people.
A ram's horn squid shell, broken after collection. Found washed up on the beach.
A cephalopod is any member of the molluscan class Cephalopoda (Greek plural κεφαλόποδα (kephalópoda); "head-feet"). These exclusively marine animals are characterized by bilateral body symmetry, a prominent head, and a set of arms or tentacles (muscular hydrostats) modified from the primitive molluscan foot. Fishermen sometimes call them inkfish, referring to their common ability to squirt ink. The study of cephalopods is a branch of malacology known as teuthology.