Ever seen the documentary, My Octopus Teacher? Watch in bewilderment and wonder as the Giant Pacific Octopus hides and crawls among the coral in the exhibit. Giant Pacific Octopus usually live between 3-5 years in the wild, they can grow to be 22-110 lbs. Their arms are able to resist a pull one hundred times the octopus's weight! (roughly 4,000lbs) Octopus are marine cephalopod, they have no bones which allows them to be extremely flexible and fit into the smallest crevices. The Giant Pacific Octopus is huge -- the largest species in the world with an average arm-span of 16 ft, the largest ever recorded weight of a Giant Pacific Octopus was chose to 600 lbs! Did you know that they are also venomous? With a sharp beak that can cause some damage, biting when provoked. Their preferred meal consists of crabs, clams, shrimp or fish, but they've been known to also go after birds!
The octopus you see in this stream is live from its home at The National Shell Museum in Sanibel Island Florida. The museum offers a wonderful learning expereience and is the only acredited museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks! Their vision is to connect the public to the natural world through their love of shells and the amazing mollusks and animals that create them.
The museum was created by a local shell collector in 1984, in years since the museum has grown into a national and international resource for the study and distribution of knowledge about mollusks.
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