Pacific Giant Octopus

Photo Credit: Janna Nichols


  • Species Common Name Pacific Giant Octopus
  • Species Scientific Name Enteroctopus dofleini


Special needs

Pacific giant octopuses need den cavities in rocky substrata, with access to nearby foraging areas.

Limiting factors

The availability of appropriate den sites in rocky subtidal habitat may limit octopus distribution and abundance. Survival of egg masses is an important determinant of recruitment.

Conservation actions

Monitor status of populations at index sites. Gather information to fill data gaps. Manage for sustainable harvest.