WHAT IS THE OCTOPUS?
There are approximately 200 known
species of octopuses. Larger species are most often
found in cold, northern waters. Most make their
homes in shallow coastal water and live inside dens
or small caves at the ocean floor level. If no such
items are available, octopuses will happily live
inside old car tires, pots, jars and other debris.
Octopuses are considered anti-social, and live and
Octopuses frequently block the entrance to their
homes with rocks and debris to keep others at arms
length. Octopuses come in all sizes from 2-inches
long to 18-feet in length. The most widely known
octopus is the Common Octopus, which lives in the
Mediterranean and the Atlantic oceans. The Common
octopus reaches 10-feet in length. The larger, Giant
Octopus, makes its home in the Pacific, and has
a diameter of over 30-feet. Common North American
octopus include the Common octopus, Giant octopus,
and the American devilfish.