Last updated: June 14, 2018 at 3:59 am
The giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) weighs up to 272 kg (600 lbs) and can reach lengths up to 7.3 m (24 ft) from opposing arm tips. Average weight is 23-40 kg (50-88 lbs). Enteroctopus dofleini only lives 3-5 years. Mature female E. dofleini have 2240 suckers (280 per arm). The giant Pacific octopus is frequently observed in shallow water by divers in British Columbia, the state of Washington, and the Pacific coast of Russia. When left unmolested, it poses no risk. There are approximately 300 different octopus species.