Category: Octopus


This octopus wants to know: have you been following the E/V Nautilus expedition in Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones national marine sanctuaries?

We’re exploring the deep waters of these national marine sanctuaries with Nautilus Live, and you can watch the expedition in real time at! Tune in for the chance to see adorable octopuses and more. 

Learn more about the expedition. 

(Photo: OET/NOAA) 

[Image description: A purple-ish octopus on the seafloor.]


Japanese Votive Plaque (ema)

20th century

“  Ace of Spades  “

“  Slouchin’ Evelyn  “  …  Digital Art by Artist:  synthesys on DeviantArt


The ROV Tiburon photographed a Granelodone octopus perching on a
lava pillar at the South Cleft of Juan de Fuca Ridge, off the coast of
Washington, USA.

This isn’t the only time MBARI has come across a Granelodone
octopus brooding eggs. MBARI first  discovered a female brooding eggs,
much like the one in this photo in May of 2007. Over the subsequent four
and a half years, MBARI returned to the
same spot to find the female there, protecting her eggs as they
developed. When they returned in October 2011, the female was gone and
the eggs were empty. Brooding eggs is thought to have evolved as a way
to increase survivorship of young. More time in the egg results in more
fully developed young when they finally hatch.

Learn more about MBARI’s discovery:

via: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Itō Jakuchū 伊藤若冲 (1716-1800), peintre japonais d’animaux et de


Octopus fontlet, 300–600 AD, Moche, Peru, La Mina. Museo de la Nación, Lima, Ministerio de Cultura del Perú

Octopus tentacle


Octopus tentacle by Jessica Rosenkrantz

Via Flickr:

at the National Aquarium in Balitmore, MD


From Anne E.G. Nydam:

My wood block print of an octopus.  I love these guys!


Red octopuses are a familiar sight in Monterey Bay. They’re spotted by divers in kelp forests and by lucky tidepoolers along the rocky shoreline. According to researchers who explore the Monterey Canyon with ROVs (remotely operated vehicle), red octopuses are the most common animal found along the continental shelf—at depths of 600 feet!