There are approximately 200 known species
of octopuses. Larger species are most often found in cold,
northern waters. Most make their homes in shallow coastal
water and live inside dens or small caves at the ocean floor
level. If no such items are available, octopuses will happily
live inside old car tires, pots, jars and other debris.
Octopuses are considered anti-social, and live and travel
alone. Octopuses frequently block the entrance to their
homes with rocks and debris to keep others at arms length.
Octopuses come in all sizes from 2-inches long to 18-feet
in length. The most widely known octopus is the Common Octopus,
which lives in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic oceans.
The Common octopus reaches 10-feet in length. The larger,
Giant Octopus, makes its home in the Pacific, and has a
diameter of over 30-feet. Common North American octopus
include the Common octopus, Giant octopus, and the American