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 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 1 pm. You can also watch the feeding and hear the presentation via our live, streaming OctoCam below!

Olson, the giant Pacific octopus


Meet Olson,  our newest giant Pacific octopus, who was transferred to the public tank after she had a chance to get acclimated in our animal husbandry wing. Educational talks and public feedings  continue on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1 pm. Stop by and learn these fascinating animals' behavior, biology and lore.

Olson was donated to us by Bruce Koike, a local animal care professional and Gotoku artist, former interim president of Oregon Coast Community College and one of the driving forces behind OCCC's aquarium science program. He named the octopus Olson in honor of OSU professor emeritus and fish pathologist Bob Olson.



Octopuses are short-lived, and we generally keep them for only a few months before returning them to the ocean, usually when they begin to show signs of senescence (old age). Because of that, we are always looking for live octopus donations from crabbers, fishermen, divers and others who inadvertently catch these curious animals when they climb into their traps or nets in search of food. Contact us if you have an octopus to donate.

Please note: The Octocam view is occasionally cloudy (due to maintenance on the HMSC's seawater systems, for instance) or dark, and we sometimes have to take the cameras down for repair or replacement. If you can't see a good image, please revisit us in a day or two. We may also darken the tank by covering it when the Center is closed to give the octopus time to rest.

View into the Tank (North Side)

Choppy video? Try pausing the other view.

View into Tank (South Side)

Special Events

This camera will be activated for octopus feedings and other events in our central exhibit area

Learn More by Visiting our OctoFAQ - Frequently asked questions about our octopus guest

Check out our previous octopus, Montgomery, enjoying some fun with a toy watering can during his quarantine with our Aquatic Animal Health Program. Filemontgomery-enrichment.mp4

Each new octopus spends a period of time in our behind-the-scenes animal husbandry lab making sure they are healthy and getting them acclimated to interacting with peopl before we introduce them to the public. That includes lots of enrichment activities designed to keep these intelligent animals from getting bored.

Visitor Julia Rask caught some great video footage of a 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: