What are some of the biggest octopuses in the ocean?
One of the largest octopuses that are known to exist on Earth is called Octopus gigas. This species of octopus typically lives around Peru and Chile near the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. They have been found at depths between 170 feet (51 m) and 1,750 feet (533 m) deep.
However, their leg span can be up to 12 feet (3.65 meters).
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Another species of octopus known as the Giant Pacific Octopus generally lives in the Northern hemisphere off of the coasts of Japan and Northwestern North America. The specimens that have been found are usually around 30 pounds (13.6 kg), but can grow to about 150 pounds (68 kg).
This species is the largest octopus that has been found and recorded.
The Giant Pacific Octopus is another truly massive creature in this category. They live in the Northern Hemisphere in the Pacific Ocean, usually between 900 feet (275 m) and 3,000 feet (915 m) deep.
These octopuses are typically about 50 pounds (22.7 kg) but can grow up to 400 pounds (181 kg).
One of the most interesting aspects about this particular type of octopus is that it lives in deeper waters than many other species, but has been seen swimming near the surface.
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There are several other species of octopus that can reach fairly large sizes, but they generally do not exceed five feet (1.5 m) in length. This makes the Giant Pacific Octopus by far the largest type of octopus on Earth.
The mantle is the round portion just below their head and behind their eyes, that is usually where their legs are located.
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The Blue-Ringed Octopus is an interesting species that has not been researched much in the wild but is often kept in aquariums. Their venom is known to be about 10 times stronger than cyanide and they only carry enough for one bite due to its potency. The ringed octopus only lives about six months in the wild, but because it is kept in aquariums, can live up to 5 years.
The Blue-Ringed Octopus was studied by National Geographic in 2012 and has been named one of the most dangerous animals in the world due to its venomous bite.
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