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   This is the photo of a map depicting the octopus's habitat range. It is used with permission and found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Enteroctopus_dofleini_Range.svg
     Enteroctopus dofleini
 is a marine creature. It  inhabits the Northern Pacific waters. This region stretches from southern California to Alaska's coast. Then their habitat travels down the tail of the Aleutian Islands and west, over to Japan's coast, before going down near Korea. They prefer water temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit and cooler. The water depth in which they live ranges from the shallow, coastal waters to about 330 feet deep. The Pacific octopus is a benthic creature. It lives on the ocean floor.
    Dens are a very important place of shelter for these octopuses. They greatly enjoy spending their time in areas under rock cover where they can easily camouflage themselves. They often create, or choose, a den that has many entrances. The Pacific octopus rarely lives in a single den for longer than one month, unless it’s a female with her eggs. Dens left uninhabited are frequently moved into by other giant octopuses, who then live there for another short period of time.


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 Julie Kalupa of University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.  BIO 203 - Spring 2012