Friday, February 04, 2011

Please help to save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

"The Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis) can be found in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula on the west coast of North America. Their habitat lies on the Eastern side of the Olympic mountain range, adjacent to Hood Canal. These solitary cephalopods reach an average size (measured from arm-tip to mantle-tip,) of 30-33 cm. Unlike most other cephalopods, tree octopuses are amphibious, spending only their early life and the period of their mating season in their ancestral aquatic environment. Because of the moistness of the rainforests and specialized skin adaptations, they are able to keep from becoming desiccated for prolonged periods of time, but given the chance they would prefer resting in pooled water."

"Although the tree octopus is not officially listed on the Endangered Species List, we feel that it should be added since its numbers are at a critically low level for its breeding needs. The reasons for this dire situation include: decimation of habitat by logging and suburban encroachment; building of roads that cut off access to the water which it needs for spawning; predation by foreign species such as house cats; and booming populations of its natural predators, including the bald eagle and sasquatch. What few that make it to the Canal are further hampered in their reproduction by the growing problem of pollution from farming and residential run-off. Unless immediate action is taken to protect this species and its habitat, the Pacific Northwest tree octopus will be but a memory."

Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus


  1. Is this a joke? I have been to Oregon, and I have never seen a tree octopus or even heard of one. Pretty graphic though.

  2. Anonymous6:37 pm

    The inclusion of " sasquatch " sort of gave it away....

  3. Yes this is a joke of sorts, this was a project givento students in the US by a professor who was concerned that his pupils were only using a single point of research for their work (probably Wikipedia). So he set them to research the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus, and despite the huge clues the site creator had placed in the page (mountain walrus anyone ?) a fair number of his students still turned in essays about the plight of the octopus.

  4. Is it that octopus live under the sea... means on the sea plants or tree??? but any ways i like your thoughts.I just love the sea life.