Atlantis Aquarium Home

Indoor Exhibits
      Amazon Aviary
      Amazon Rainforest
      Best Buddies‚ Clownfish & Anemone
      Coral Reef
      Electric Eel
      Flounder Find
      Form & Function
      Giant Pacific Octopus
      Lake Malawi Cichlids
      Local Rocky Shores
      Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit
      Megalodon Display
      Moray Eels
      Ocean Creatures of the World/Crab Villa
      Poseidon's Treasure Room
      Puffer Fish
      Ray Bay
      Sand Shark Lagoon
      Schooling Fish
      Shipwreck/Artificial Reef
      Tidal Marsh
      Touch Tank
Outdoor Exhibits
Interactive Experiences

About Atlantis AquariumResearchNewsroomNewsletter
Visitor InformationExhibitsAquatic AdventuresKidZoneSchools and GroupsCatering and Facility RentalRescue CenterSponsors

Giant OctopusGiant Pacific Octopus

Armed but harmless, the Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) lives in the waters off North America’s northwestern Pacific coast. Once considered a man-killer, the Giant Pacific Octopus actually prefers flight to fight. Shy, sensitive, and highly intelligent, it hides by day and combs the seafloor for crabs, shrimp, and other shellfish by night.

To ward off predators, blend into its surroundings, or attract a mate, the Giant Pacific Octopus can change its color and texture almost instantly. It also has taste buds on its suction cups, allowing it to taste everything it touches.

Fun fact
Octopuses can be trained to demonstrate specific behaviors, and an untrained octopus can learn a specific behavior by watching trained octopuses demonstrate it. An octopus can even remember a behavior days after witnessing it.


Octopus Octopus