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.

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Eight armmed octopus
Swinging through the trees above
what on earth was that?
Posted by James Galvin  on  Sun Oct 01, 2006  at  01:23 AM
Tree octopus, yum!
They make very tasty treats
For hungry sasquatch
Posted by J  on  Tue Nov 21, 2006  at  12:16 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  07:47 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  on  Fri Jan 05, 2007  at  06:41 PM
was he high when he wrote this
Posted by sara henry  on  Wed Jan 10, 2007  at  08:17 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  on  Wed Jan 10, 2007  at  08:22 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  on  Tue Feb 13, 2007  at  04:43 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  on  Fri Feb 16, 2007  at  06:16 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  on  Tue Feb 20, 2007  at  02:58 PM
ok, this is just LAME. like seriously.
Posted by PiGuy  on  Sat Feb 24, 2007  at  01:30 PM
wow u all are just wierd ha!!
Posted by court  on  Thu Mar 08, 2007  at  11:34 AM
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  03:50 PM
you've gotta be kidding me! this is sooo stupid!
Posted by mc  on  Wed Mar 14, 2007  at  03:52 PM
Meeg is soo right. this is such a hoax.
Posted by Abby  on  Fri Mar 16, 2007  at  07:45 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  on  Mon Mar 26, 2007  at  08:27 PM
I don't believe in the weird made up freaky things.
Posted by kat  on  Fri Mar 30, 2007  at  12:53 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  on  Fri Mar 30, 2007  at  12:01 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  05:34 AM
so what if u want 2 belive then belive but the doctor is a terrible speller tisk tisk
Posted by poop  on  Wed Apr 11, 2007  at  06:11 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  02:41 PM
Tree Octopuses?
And they swing from branch to branch?
What a sight to see!
Posted by Bob Cheesenhiem  on  Thu Apr 12, 2007  at  07:16 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  on  Thu Apr 26, 2007  at  01:29 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  06:41 PM
Yeah octupuses cant live out of water and they looked like stuffies
Posted by Logan  on  Wed May 09, 2007  at  02:26 PM
:):):)Omg!!! i am shocked 👎0:0
Posted by Jean  on  Wed May 16, 2007  at  06:02 AM
Ohh Myy I Love You!:D And Octupuses Yeaaaaaaay! Shoutout to jean and babrbara aswell!!
Posted by sandra  on  Wed May 16, 2007  at  06:04 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.

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go to my myspace.

got it?
Posted by Courtney  on  Fri May 25, 2007  at  01:14 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:

😕 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

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Posted by Andrew B  on  Wed Sep 12, 2007  at  03:28 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  on  Fri Sep 21, 2007  at  04:55 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  on  Sat Sep 22, 2007  at  02:07 PM
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