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Giant Octopus (28) More files... by Fred Bavendam
Swimming beside and inquisitive diver, the impressive size of a Pacific Giant Octopus dwarfs its human companion. Unable to feed for six months while guarding her nest of 70,000 eggs, the mother perishes of starvation before witnessing the hatch of its young. Hundreds of hatchlings burst forth from translucent egg sacks and swim to the surface to feed on plankton and battle the odds against survival. Fred Bavendam explores the waters of Vancouver Island's rocky shore to document these shy, intelligent and amazing creatures.

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Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) scurrying across the ocean floor as it forages for crabs, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153037 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) scurrying across the ocean floor as it forages for crabs, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) scurrying across the ocean floor as it forages for crabs, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153038 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) scurrying across the ocean floor as it forages for crabs, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) using its suction discs to hold two crabs it has caught, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153040 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) using its suction discs to hold two crabs it has caught, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) entrance to den is littered with discarded Abalone shells from its previous meals, Hurst Island, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153041 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) entrance to den is littered with discarded Abalone shells from its previous meals, Hurst Island, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) foraging on ocean bottom in a sea grass bed, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153042 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) foraging on ocean bottom in a sea grass bed, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) scavenging on a dead Blue Dog (Squalus acanthias), Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153044 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) scavenging on a dead Blue Dog (Squalus acanthias), Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) scavenging on a dead Blue Dog (Squalus acanthias), Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153045 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) scavenging on a dead Blue Dog (Squalus acanthias), Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) scavenging on a dead Blue Dog (Squalus acanthias), Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153046 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) scavenging on a dead Blue Dog (Squalus acanthias), Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) scavenging on a dead Blue Dog (Squalus acanthias), Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153047 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) scavenging on a dead Blue Dog (Squalus acanthias), Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) couple mating, smaller red male on top of a much larger grey female, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153048 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) couple mating, smaller red male on top of a much larger grey female, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) couple mating, a smaller red male on top of a much larger grey female, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153049 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) couple mating, a smaller red male on top of a much larger grey female, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) female guarding her eggs, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153050 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) female guarding her eggs, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eggs, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153051 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eggs, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eggs and newborn, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153052 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eggs and newborn, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eggs and newborn, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153053 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eggs and newborn, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) flaring out its arms as it prepares to drop to the ocean bottom after swimming, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153054 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) flaring out its arms as it prepares to drop to the ocean bottom after swimming, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) flaring out its arms as it settles to the ocean bottom after swimming, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153055 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) flaring out its arms as it settles to the ocean bottom after swimming, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) squirting ink in defense as it jets away, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153061 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) squirting ink in defense as it jets away, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) weighed and tagged for growth rate by biologist Jim Cosgrove, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153057 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) weighed and tagged for growth rate by biologist Jim Cosgrove, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) weighed and tagged to track growth rate is being released by biologist Jeannie Cosgrove, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153059 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) weighed and tagged to track growth rate is being released by biologist Jeannie Cosgrove, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) swimming with diver, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153067 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) swimming with diver, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) swimming with diver, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153065 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) swimming with diver, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) and diver, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153069 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) and diver, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) that is sitting upon the pilings of a dock with diver, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153068 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) that is sitting upon the pilings of a dock with diver, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eight kilograms with four foot arm span, squeezing out though a hole 50 millimeters x 100 millimeters, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153072 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eight kilograms with four foot arm span, squeezing out though a hole 50 millimeters x 100 millimeters, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eight kilograms with four foot arm span, squeezing out though a hole 50 millimeters x 100 millimeters, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153073 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eight kilograms with four foot arm span, squeezing out though a hole 50 millimeters x 100 millimeters, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eight kilograms with four foot arm span, squeezing, out through a hole 50 millimeters x 100 millimeters, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153074 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eight kilograms with four foot arm span, squeezing, out through a hole 50 millimeters x 100 millimeters, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eight kilograms with four foot arm span, squeezing out though a hole 50 millimeters x 100 millimeters, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153075 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) eight kilograms with four foot arm span, squeezing out though a hole 50 millimeters x 100 millimeters, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
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