There are some lifeforms that are so strange, that even when you do see them, you can hardly believe they’re real. For instance, it’s hard to comprehend that we can exist on the same planet as such bizarre creatures like the duck-billed platypus and the Venus flytrap.
But there is one creature that is so odd, so out there, that it is simply without precedent. And unfortunately, its days may be numbered.
This is the Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis), also known as the whip-tailed tree octopus
This is a rare amphibious cephalopod, found in both land and water.
The Pacific Northwest tree octopus can be found in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula on the west coast of North America.
It’s an incredibly intelligent animal, with the largest brain-to-body ration of any mollusk in the world.
Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis)
Unfortunately, this strange and wonderful creature is endangered.
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