ichthyologist: Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Octopus paxarbolis
(and Broad-winged Hawk)
An intelligent and inquisitive being , the tree octopus explores its arboreal world by both touch and sight. Adaptations its ancestors originally evolved in the three dimensional environment of the sea have been put to good use in the spatially complex maze of the coniferous Olympic rainforests. The challenges and richness of this environment may account for the tree octopus’s advanced behavioral development.
The tree octopus is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as critically endangered. This is due to factors including the loss of natural habitat and predation from introduced species such as house cats.
World Wildlife Fund
Photos by Galen Leeds