Rare Kissing Octopus Unveiled at The California Academy Of Sciences

Posted on March 7, 2013

Large Pacific Striped Octopus Mating


A rare Larger Pacific Striped Octopus has gone on display at the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences. The octopodes are also known as kissing octopuses because they mate "beak to beak" - as seen in the above photograph. Scientists say the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus is the only octopus known to mate this way. Dr. Roy Caldwell of UC Berkeley and Richard Ross of the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences are studying the octopus.

Caldwell said in a statement, "The Larger Pacific Striped Octopus is the most beautiful octopus I have ever seen."

Here is a video of a male Larger Pacific Striped Octopus making a color change display while the female watches. The octopus displays impressive quick color changes from dark reddish black to white with black stripes. Take a look:



Photo: Richard Ross