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Large Red Octopus or Juvi Giant Pacific Octo?


Pygmy Octopus
Apr 24, 2008
I was diving at La Jolla shores in San Diego, and came across a large (for the species) Red Octopus, Octopus rubescens. At least I assumed it was Octopus rubescens at the time. I did think it was odd in that it was considerably larger than the normal red octopus around here, but didn't think much of it (the head was the size of a large lemon, more like a medium sized Two Spot octopus rather than a red octopus).

I was shooting video of jellyfish along the wall at the time, but upon reviewing the animal I now think it might be a very young Giant Pacific Octopus. Although I've never heard of any this far south, at least not at diving depths.

Is there any way to tell if an animal is a juvenile Giant Pacific Octopus vs a Red Octopus based on appearance on a video snippet alone? I will say it behaved more like I would expect a red octopus to behave, it wasn't very shy and if I wanted to I could have videotaped it for a while, it just didn't occur to me it was anything special at the time. I wish now I had videotaped it more.

-Roger Uzun
San Diego, CA


Colossal Squid
Staff member
Oct 19, 2003
Could you perchance post the snippet? This would certainly prove a help in identifying said specimen....

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