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The giant Pacific octopus grows bigger and lives longer than any other octopus species. The size record is held by a specimen that was 30 feet (9.1 meters) across and weighed more than 600 pounds (272 kilograms). Averages are more like 16 feet (5 meters) and 110 lbs (50 kilograms).
They live to be about four years old, with both males and females dying soon after breeding. Females live long enough to tend fastidiously to their eggs, but they do not eat during this months-long brooding period, and usually die soon afterwards.
Average life span in the wild: 3 to 5 years
Size: 9.75 to 16 ft (3 to 5 m)
Weight: 22 to 110 lbs (10 to 50 kg)
Did you know? The appendages of octopuses are called arms, not tentacles.
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