The Giant Pacific Octopus (or GPO to cephalopod enthusiasts) is well-named - it’s the biggest octopus in the world! It’s been known to reach 16 feet in length.
For such a large animal, it has a short life span: between 3-5 years.
E. dofleini ranges throughout the temperate coastal waters of the Pacific along California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alaska, across the Aleutians to Russia, Japan, & Korean Peninsula.
The species is found in a variety of habitats. It typically inhabits rocky reefs or boulder areas with sand-shell substrate.
The Giant Pacific Octopus has an orange to red-brown base color with fine irregular dark lines scattered over its dorsal surfaces.