Todd Weber's Random Thoughts

September 25, 2008

Large Octopus

Filed under: Scuba — tkweber @ 8:20 am

Diving yesterday at Seacrest Park (Seattle), my buddy and I saw a very large octopus (giant pacific octopus, I think) curled up under an old collapsed boat wreck known as the Honey Bear.  I had come from the east side, around the north end of the wreck, looking in holes for whatever might be found, when I saw a scattering of crab shells in front of some overhanging wreckage indicating an octopus feeding area.  It had been a while since I last dived this location, and I didn’t recall seeing this previously.  I pointed my light into the dark void and was surprised to see the biggest octo I’ve ever seen coiled up 6-8ft away.  It’s tentacles were at least as thick as my arms with suckers that looked the size of 50-cent coins, and when the gill slit opened to inhale, it looked big enough to put my head in (not that I would, of course).  It just sat there breathing and watching us and eventually began changing colors to either conceal itself or warn us off.  A truly amazing sight.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have a camera with us.  Bummer!  We’re planning a night dive soon to see if we can spot the nocturnal creature in open water.  That would be awesome!

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3 Comments »

  1. Wow, that sounds cool. I saw a Giant Pacific Octopus today too! Of course it was inside a tank that had a sign telling me there was an octopus inside, so I wasn’t scared.

    Comment by Chaz — September 25, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

  2. It’s relly too bad you didn’t have a camera. I would have loved to see a picture. I have heard the diving up north is really great and the creatures tend to be larger than in California

    Comment by nick — October 4, 2008 @ 12:15 am

  3. Hi Todd,

    I saw exactly the same size octopus a couple of years ago at the Honey Bear. It was huge and sitting in full view (we needed a flashlight). Very Cool!

    Comment by Joel — November 24, 2008 @ 1:11 pm


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