An Endangered Cephalopod

Posted on 1st April 2008 by Ryan Somma in Ionian Enchantment - Tags:

Can you spot the rare and magnificent endangered species in the photo below?

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Photo by TGAW

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is not officially on the endangered species list; however, this extremely rare and biologically unique cephalopod inhabits a very small area in the coniferous Olympic rainforests west of Seattle, an area threatened by suburban sprawl and an encroaching logging industry.

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Zoom

You can see other sightings here, and there’s a pretty amazing video of the PNTO in action here. To read more about the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus’ unique behaviors and lifestyle go here.


  1. Wow, if you click through to Vicky’s picture and zoom in to full size, you can really appreciate the detail on this baby!

    Comment by ClintJCL — April 1, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

  2. Jacques Cousteau is rolling over in his grave right now.


    Comment by BMF — April 1, 2008 @ 12:49 pm

  3. You using that photo is like the aliens using our own satellites against us in Independence Day.

    I took the effing picture and I still thought, “What? Really?” and clicked on the links.

    There’s freaking crustaceans living in the canopies of giant sequoias, you know. Crustaceans. So why can’t there be cephalopods? Is it really *that* far-fetched?


    And bah to you as well, ClintJCL.

    Comment by TGAW — April 1, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

  4. bwahahahaha

    Comment by ClintJCL — April 1, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

  5. Did you zoom in, Vicky?

    Comment by ClintJCL — April 1, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

  6. Magnified 4,108 times. One of my favorite endangered species ever!


    Comment by flyingsirkus — April 2, 2008 @ 12:59 am

  7. guys, look up “pacific northwest tree octopus” on…it’s all a hoax, sorry to break it to ya, there’s no such thing.

    Comment by not so gullible — May 1, 2008 @ 12:34 am

  8. Wikipedia??? You trust that biased bunch of nonsense??? It’s written by ANONYMOUS USERS!!! You’re going to believe the word of somebody who won’t even put their real name on what they’ve written against actual photos???

    Did you know that Wikipedia doesn’t even have an entry for the word “gullible???” How can you trust a source like that over moi?

    Comment by ideonexus — May 1, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

  9. My wikipedia edits are under my account name which has a profile that links to my blog and personal photos, making me very non-anonymous :) [/devil’s advocate] hehe

    Comment by ClintJCL — May 2, 2008 @ 1:54 am

  10. Damn it Ryan, WHY WOULD YOU LIE TO US?!

    Comment by Nick Hamden — May 2, 2008 @ 7:20 am

  11. this is sooooo fake

    Comment by nick — October 29, 2008 @ 11:59 pm

  12. what a load of shite!

    Comment by nick — October 30, 2008 @ 12:01 am

  13. lol at u nick
    its obously real
    a real fake lol

    Comment by Lachie — October 30, 2008 @ 12:06 am

  14. lachie i thouht this was real u LIED TO ME!!!!!!

    Comment by nick — October 30, 2008 @ 12:07 am

  15. welll im sorry
    but the truth hurts

    Comment by Lachie — October 30, 2008 @ 12:08 am

  16. there is a website selling t-shirts and cups , do u want to buy some???

    Comment by nick — October 30, 2008 @ 12:11 am

  17. ‘nick’ is in no relation to me~

    Comment by DJ Nicko — October 30, 2008 @ 8:51 am

  18. this is a hoax!1

    Comment by steveo — January 7, 2009 @ 11:58 pm


    Comment by steveo — January 7, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

  20. You guys are actually CRACK HEADS!!!
    Photo shop is a great program eh.

    Comment by Justyn — February 10, 2009 @ 12:51 pm

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