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Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
image You will find the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus high in the trees of Washington State's Olympic National Forest. They spend their early lives in the water of Puget Sound, but as they mature they move upwards, adopting an arboreal existence. They use their eight arms to swing from branch to branch, as well as to grab small prey such as insects and frogs. During their mating season they return to the water, but soon after resume their life in the forest.

The tree octopus population is under great pressure from the encroachments of the modern world: logging, roads, pollution, and overhunting by trappers eager to sell the octopuses as ornamental decorations for hats. As a result, the species is close to extinction. The Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus organization has long been attempting to raise awareness of this animal and its plight. They urge concerned citizens to write to their congressional representative about this problem.
Eight armmed octopus
Swinging through the trees above
what on earth was that?
Posted by James Galvin  on  Sun Oct 01, 2006  at  03:23 AM
Tree octopus, yum!
They make very tasty treats
For hungry sasquatch
Posted by J  on  Tue Nov 21, 2006  at  02:16 PM
Aside from the obviousness of this hoax, there are a few who believe it to be fact, so I'll offer some facts.

The pressure in the arteries and vanes of an octopus is very high in order to resist the high pressures of the deep sea. Out of water, an octopus would suffer extream internal bleeding. Never would it get an opportunity to adapt to land.

The amrs of an octopus can not be adapted for swinging. They are much thinner with no bone and much less muscle than land animals, especially those who swing in trees. The arms are designed to grab prey, which, underwater, would be weightless. The arms would never be able support the weight of its body on land.
Posted by Dr. Goldwise  on  Wed Dec 06, 2006  at  09:47 PM
i was just wanting to know for real if the tree octopus is real people are saying on other websites that it is a scam an that its not real so is it a scam or are they real?
Posted by magen acevedo  in  biloxi,mississippi  on  Fri Jan 05, 2007  at  08:41 PM
was he high when he wrote this
Posted by sara henry  in  Goodell,Iowa  on  Wed Jan 10, 2007  at  10:17 AM
seriously. i agree with sara henry. if u weren't so high off urselves, u probably would clearly see that this a total waste of ur time. I'm in 8th grade and evn I no that this is total crap. Octopuses can't live out of water for a short time. and living in a tree!? how old r u? this is reality, not the fantasy world. okkies, i'm going to leave b/c this website is stupid.
Posted by Cassie  in  UK  on  Wed Jan 10, 2007  at  10:22 AM
Why on earth are we doing a project on this fake tree octopus??? you tell me Octopuses can not live out of water. Get it into your thick heads!
Posted by Charlotte  in  London  on  Tue Feb 13, 2007  at  06:43 AM
Wow,I've never thought about that before! An octopus in a tree! Neato! Wait till the science club hears abouth this!!!

Thanks for the info fellow human!!!
Posted by Melissa Jugalug  in  Nussleville,Kansas  on  Fri Feb 16, 2007  at  08:16 PM
This is a TALL-TALE animal gallery, the creatures in this are not actually real, if you belive this or any you should go and seek mental help.
Posted by Malfunctioned  in  I'm not quite sure  on  Tue Feb 20, 2007  at  04:58 PM
ok, this is just LAME. like seriously.
Posted by PiGuy  on  Sat Feb 24, 2007  at  03:30 PM
wow u all are just wierd ha!!
Posted by court  in  ky  on  Thu Mar 08, 2007  at  01:34 PM
i can't believe these people one site had pictures of stuffed animals in the tree! these people are very desperate.
Posted by mc  on  Wed Mar 14, 2007  at  05:50 PM
you've gotta be kidding me! this is sooo stupid!
Posted by mc  on  Wed Mar 14, 2007  at  05:52 PM
Meeg is soo right. this is such a hoax.
Posted by Abby  in  USA  on  Fri Mar 16, 2007  at  09:45 AM
this is fake, i mean who would believe this is actually real it is just pictures of octupi pasted unto pictures of trees. they also just bought stuffed octupi and put them in trees. please don't believe this site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by lulu  in  ny  on  Mon Mar 26, 2007  at  10:27 PM
I don't believe in the weird made up freaky things.
Posted by kat  in  sydney  on  Fri Mar 30, 2007  at  02:53 AM
You know everyone, I'm a marine biologist, and i have checked what people have been doing with those stuffed animals. Now those were fake but did you see the other photos? It could be real, it could not.
But you can go on Wikipedia if you want to and look up Pacific Tree Octopus. You will get it is a hoax, which it probably is. Before I saw the photos I thought it was real. But when I saw the stuffed animals, I thought,"These maniacs must be really desperate for attention. Only one of the photos looked convincingly real. The others were digitally put on. What website am i talking about? Go to
I rest my case.
Posted by Blooger  in  Atlanta  on  Fri Mar 30, 2007  at  02:01 PM
They're not supposed to be real.This is a hoax website! If anyone is using this site to learn about anything other than hoaxes and made-up animals then they honestly shouldnt bother going on this site. It's a great site but it is not about real things(well most of the time anyway).Based on this the PNWTO qualifies as a good article.

But I must agree this is a totally unbelievable hoax.
Posted by Executor  on  Mon Apr 02, 2007  at  07:34 AM
so what if u want 2 belive then belive but the doctor is a terrible speller tisk tisk
Posted by poop  in  my pants  on  Wed Apr 11, 2007  at  08:11 PM
Most of the freakin pictures are FAKE LOOKING of this octopus.Are you people stupid enough to believe this!?!?!Our class looked at this and our teachers said it was so fake
Think about it a octopus in a tree??Thats just crap!!
Posted by thisiscrap  on  Thu Apr 12, 2007  at  04:41 PM
Tree Octopuses?
And they swing from branch to branch?
What a sight to see!
Posted by Bob Cheesenhiem  in  Antarctica  on  Thu Apr 12, 2007  at  09:16 PM
alrighty. How can you people totally ruin the faith of others in the Tree Octopus by saying it is a hoax? come on, we all know that it is soooo real. who wouldnt belive it? (besides naive little people who dont believe in the impossible like you). come on, get spirit and go Tree Octopus hunting. we all know we would love to prove this whole "its a hoax" thing wrong. we ALL want to see an octopus in a tree, swinging from branch to branch. Besides, i once knew this guy who went Walnut picking in Oylmpia, and he was viciouly attacked by a Tree Octopus. He came back defeated, and lucky to get away, with only Octopus hickies from the sucker cups.( on their legs...duh )...and thats a true story.
Posted by Courtney  in  in your bed and you know it, WA  on  Thu Apr 26, 2007  at  03:29 PM
i could have probably fallen for it, but then i went to the website and looked at pictures i saw a blue furry octopus on a tree. Come on now, they need to stop insulting people's inteligence.
Posted by keanoo  on  Wed May 02, 2007  at  08:41 PM
Yeah octupuses cant live out of water and they looked like stuffies
Posted by Logan  in  bc vernon  on  Wed May 09, 2007  at  04:26 PM
smilesmile:)Omg!!! i am shocked :0:0:0
Posted by Jean  in  Banbury  on  Wed May 16, 2007  at  08:02 AM
Ohh Myy I Love You!:D And Octupuses Yeaaaaaaay! Shoutout to jean and babrbara aswell!!
Posted by sandra  in  las vegas  on  Wed May 16, 2007  at  08:04 AM
oh common...we all want to believe it..we know one of these days...when u say u dont believe in tree is going to jump out of the nearest tree..and sucker your dont insult the octopuses that live in would turn out worse than insulting the inelligence of dumb people. lol..that was great.

any way.

i love you.

go to my myspace.

got it?
Posted by Courtney  in  in your bed and you know it, WA  on  Fri May 25, 2007  at  03:14 PM
I know it is a hoax cos I just done it at school in IT and I'm ive just started year 8 so i dunno how adults can believe this junk, I mean some photos of the so called 'tree octopus' are teddies in trees! And heres a URL that poves its hoaxness:

hmmm And heres another big hoax (or 2):

dog island-

dehydrated water-

i mean dehydrate means remove water, so you would just buy an empty bottle

snake snake snake snake snake
Posted by Andrew B  in  UK, Newcastle, Walker  on  Wed Sep 12, 2007  at  05:28 PM
there is no such thing as a tree octopus. octopuses need to live in water to survive. it was just some nerd that got bord one day, so desided to make a FAKE web site:exclaim:
Posted by Danielle Joans  in  Kingston  on  Fri Sep 21, 2007  at  06:55 PM
ROFL at all the indignant responses...can none of these people read a url?
It pretty clearly says museumofhoaxes in there.

Buncha frackin' net-monkeys I tell ya, not even trolls.
Posted by KerouacZac  in  no matter where you go there I am  on  Sat Sep 22, 2007  at  04:07 PM

What convinced you?

I'm convinced it's real, i mean Greenpeas are involved in the support

See that? Greenpeas are involved.

It must be real. The site looks really convincing and don't forget, Greenpeas are supporting it...

Thats right


You look, but you don't see
Posted by Raymund Smith  in  Glasgow  on  Tue Oct 16, 2007  at  10:25 PM
k, what exactly is the point of this? other than exposing/confusing gullible people (which i guess is a good thing, they probably need help to find reallity) but what the heck is the point? someone has an overactive imagination (i think they need to write stories or something, they might really sell.) so meh. GROW UP PEOPLE (i'm not wasting my time on here, it's some crappy english project on Reliable Web Resources) haha.
Posted by katy  in  pgss  on  Mon Oct 22, 2007  at  06:41 PM
this creature looks like a octopus but has bones and musles like anphbeins. Direct from the C.S.I.
Posted by shh...  in  c.o  on  Thu Nov 08, 2007  at  11:07 PM, that's not really convincing, if it was greenpeace, then i might think about it
Posted by katy  on  Thu Nov 08, 2007  at  11:54 PM
Wow Katy, Really?

Did you work that out yourself?

Still looking but not seeing



I'll hazard a guess that you are all american

Would i be right? I think i mite be
Posted by Raymy Smith  in  Glasgow  on  Fri Nov 09, 2007  at  07:55 AM
and "anphbeins"???????

the world superpower in action here

No. Please.
Impart your ideas of freedom and democracy upon us.
No really.
Please. Delight us with pearls of wisdom far beyond your children's years
Posted by Raymy  on  Sat Nov 10, 2007  at  12:22 AM
... You have to be kidding me. People in their right minds know that there is no such thing as a "Tree Octopus". It's a hoax and since it is on this webiste, you know its a hoax. In case you haven't read webiste URL it says:

... I think it would rather obvious that it AINT REAL!
Posted by Grace  in  USA  on  Mon Nov 12, 2007  at  06:17 PM
Swinging in the trees
with eight legs
not a monkey or a bird
it's an octopus
Oh My
Posted by Grace  in  Alice Springs  on  Sun Nov 25, 2007  at  11:50 PM
who saw me on tv. so exciting. hi u other graces. Ausralia is awsum. i went there one time cya cheese
Posted by grace  in  Africa  on  Sun Dec 02, 2007  at  11:07 PM
Posted by Sparten 117  on  Tue Dec 04, 2007  at  06:52 PM
tongue wink didn't you guys notice if u click on it says internet explorer cannot display the webpage? and also cascadia isn't a real place!
Posted by Bob  in  Scotch Plains, NJ  on  Wed Dec 12, 2007  at  06:01 PM
ok serously there is no such thing as pacific northwest tree octupus octopuses dont live in trees (duh!) like if there was a northwestern tree octopus it would've live like a million years ago pshyeah!
Posted by emma  in  westborough MA  on  Wed Jan 16, 2008  at  11:17 AM
Do u think this is real smile
Posted by affect  in  janesville wisconsin  on  Thu Jan 17, 2008  at  01:01 PM
excaim OMG i cant understand how you believe this bullshit obviously woever believes this is an asshole. the pictures are digitally made and the color of the octopus stands out no camoflauge and its only predator?? the sasquach who can believe that??? excaim
Posted by thisisshit  on  Thu Jan 31, 2008  at  11:18 PM
Yah i totally beli- NO! Wait i think that is i- NO!!!!!!!!! WHY WOULD YOU BELIEVE IN AN OCTOPUS THAT LIVES IN A TREE????? Our teacher showed this to us, for the pure reasoning that some websites can be totally WRONG!!!!!!!!! I WOULDN'T BELIEVE THIS IF IT WAS TOLD TO ME PERSONALLY!!!!!!!!!! I AM DISGUSTED.
Posted by blookazoo  in  Mars  on  Mon Feb 04, 2008  at  07:27 PM
you people are idiots to belive it they used photoshop or something. the octopus would die if you go a rain forest and look for it not my fault
Posted by monkey  on  Wed Feb 06, 2008  at  12:03 PM
a tree octopus is not real it is a same don`t belive this stuff
Posted by bob  on  Fri Feb 22, 2008  at  11:20 AM
what is this stupid stuff.nobody will beleive this.yall got fake stuff dumb head!!!!!!!!!
Posted by charde  in  ohio  on  Sat Mar 08, 2008  at  10:22 PM
that is defenetly
i dont believe
Posted by melnani  in  nunavut canada  on  Mon Mar 17, 2008  at  01:57 PM
hmmm The person who took the time to do that and made that website must've been bored OuT oF hIs MiNd!
Posted by Person  on  Wed Mar 19, 2008  at  01:32 PM
OK, this is very false. I live in the northwest in WA and theres no such thing. One of my teachers was in a meeting with other teachers in the east of the USA and some kid did an animal report on this!! o___o How stupid are some people, to believe this. The site that did this also listed the Rock Ness Monster, the Mountain Warlus... talk about being on crack! How would people in the east of the northwest like it if we made some weird animal and said it was real. This has damaged my life because people always ask me, "is the tree octopus real?" or "Where can we find the rare tree octopus?".
Posted by thetruthful  on  Wed Mar 19, 2008  at  07:06 PM