- Soft-bodied mollusc with eight tentacles
- Small octopus, about 18 inches long
- Distinguished by two bright blue spots on the sides of its body that mimic eyes. The large blue spots are to confuse predators into thinking those are its actual eyes.
- Body is a mottled brown, but like other octopi, it can change body color and texture
- Northern California to Baja California, Mexico
- Intertidal and subtidal habitats
- Depths of up to 15 feet
- Prefer rocky reefs, canyon ledges, small caves, even abandoned pipes!
- Limpets, black abalone, snails, clams, hermit crabs, small fishes
- Moray eels, harbor seals, sea lions
- The two-spot octopus typically lives for one year, and dies after having offspring. But they can live up to 2 years in captivity.
- They hatch out of the egg fully capable of hunting and feeding themselves!
- As they are mainly nocturnal, two-spot octopi have incredibly developed eyes to help them see at night
- Females can lay 70,000 eggs at once, and will tend them continuously for 2-4 months until they hatch!
Sources: California Sea Grant; Monterey Bay Aquarium
Photo: Mark Royer