Native to the Pacific coast of North America, the California Two-Spot Octopus is smaller than the average octopus and boasts distinctive markings that distinguish it from others in the family.
As the name suggests, these markings come in the form of two spots that reside on either side of the body and resemble eyes as a means of confusing predators. Each of its arms can grow up to 23 inches long, which is roughly the height of a three-month old baby (in case you wondered.)
Unlike most human babies, these octopus’ feed on a diet of small crabs, snails, clams and muscles, all of which are readily available on the California coast. While they can’t pry the shells off with their tentacles, they can use toxins from their saliva to remove the body.