Animal Encounters

Fun Animal Encounters

From a hairy tarantula to a talking African gray parrot, you never know what you’ll bump into in Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari at the Tennessee Aquarium!

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Giant Pacific Octopus

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Giant Pacific Octopus

FUN FACTS
The giant Pacific octopus is the largest known octopus species. Like many octopi, the giant Pacific octopus has the ability to drastically change the color and texture of its skin.  These abilities not only help the octopus camouflage, but they can also be used to communicate warnings to other octopi.

Octopi are intelligent and highly adaptable animals. At the Aquarium, the octopi are given puzzles to solve such as a lidded jar with a piece of food inside. The octopi quickly learn to unscrew the tops of the jars to get to the food inside.

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About This Animal

SIZE: Arm span to 12 feet or more; average weight 50lbs

RANGE: Northern Pacific Ocean from California to Japan

HABITAT: Rocky or coral reefs; from shallow intertidal to 5,000 feet deep

DIET: Typically shellfish, crab, lobster, but will feed on a variety of prey.