Species: California Two-Spot Octopus, Octopus bimaculoides
Home: Birch Aquarium
This baby octopus is about 1 month old (born August 9)
Right now it's about the size of a quarter - this species of octopus can get up to about 2 to 3 feet.
This species has a bright blue “eyespot” on each side of its head.
This cool adaptation tricks predators and prey alike into thinking it's a real eye.
It also makes this octopus appear bigger and helps ward off potential predators like sea lions, seals, and sharks.
This is a local species of octopus for Birch Aquarium and can be found along the waters of Northern California to Baja California, Mexico.