Giant Pacific octopus

Visitors love to watch our animals get their dinner. The tank around our Giant Pacific octopus draws crowds at feeding time - but it only happens a few days a week, so be sure to check our calendar before your visit. 

Internet visitors can also watch the feeding and hear the presentation via our live, streaming OctoCam!

Please note: When new octopuses are in quarantine, we do not conduct public feedings.

Feeding Schedule

Giant Pacific Octopus: Monday, Thursday, Saturday at 1pm

9/17/2013 Please Note: HMSC Visitor Center is a working learning research lab.  We are recording the visits of our visitors to better understand what they choose to do and with whom in order to improve the visitor experience.  More info


The current giant Pacific octopus on display is named "Patriot." He was generously donated by local fisherman Mike Pettis. 

Previous Octopuses:

We generally keep our octopuses for only a matter of months before we release them back into the wild, usually when they begin to show signs of senescence

Velma was released Aug. 20, 2014.

Monte was released Dec. 28, 2013, after proving unable to adapt to public display.

Sashay was released Nov. 26, 2013.

Miss Oscar was released Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Aurora was released Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.

Squirt was released Friday, December 14, 2012.

Pearl was released on July 7, 2012.

Ursula was released in December of 2011.

Please note: The Octocams are occasionally taken down for maintenance and repairs. If you find the video unavailable, please try again later.

Inside the Tank

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Outside Looking In


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Visitor Julia Rask caught some great video footage of our previous octopus, Ursula, cleaning her suckers during a November 2011 visit. If you look closely, you can see the infertile eggs she had laid hanging from the tank's front wall: