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    • Octopus bimaculoides
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    • California two-spot octopus

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California two-spot octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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victormanvic

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the past

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California two-spot octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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rayf2010

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June 8, 2016

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Cabrillo (Google, OSM)

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California two-spot octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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jmaughn

Date

June 9, 2016

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(Somewhere...)

Description

Not positive about this ID, but I can't figure out what other sort of octopus this cormorant could have caught. It doesn't look like an Eastern Pacific Red to me, nor a Giant Pacific Octopus.

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California two-spot octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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sidesplotch

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May 22, 2016 04:06 AM PDT

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California two-spot octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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coastalsage

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May 22, 2016 04:03 AM PDT

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California two-spot octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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bmuller

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May 15, 2016 12:11 PM PDT

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(Somewhere...)

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California two-spot octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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sidesplotch

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April 5, 2016 02:35 PM PDT

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California two-spot octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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sidesplotch

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April 5, 2016 01:28 PM PDT

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California two-spot octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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tbarnhart

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January 6, 2007 01:05 AM PST

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California two-spot octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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patsimpson2000

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March 6, 2016 01:44 PM PST

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California two-spot octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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avcarey

Date

March 8, 2016 03:31 PM PST

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California two-spot octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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avcarey

Date

March 8, 2016

Description

octopus was on the shore near the entrance to the marina. It was found with two mangled arms. One arm was amputated nearly to the head. I requested assistance from a local who picked it up by head to place it back in the water. The octopus made what best can be described as a "growl" noise, arched up its arms, and ejected a rust colored ink (I have a video of the interaction). This caused my assistant to release the octopus prematurely- short of being submerged. A piece of drift wood was used to lift and nudge the octopus to a depth at which it could be fully submerged and safe from the audience of gulls that had gathered during the 6 minutes that this transaction took place. I am not aware whether these are injuries incompatible with life for an octopus. I walked away from it alive.

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Description from Wikipedia

The California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculoides), also known as the "bimac" octopus, is an octopus species found off the coast of California. One can identify the species by the circular blue eyespots on each side of its head. Due to their friendly temperament and relative hardiness, they are considered by most experts to make the best pet octopus. Bimacs usually live to be about two years old. They are closely related to Verrill's two-spot octopus (Octopus...

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