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Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is an organism found in 1998 by a Canadian expedition trying to discover remedies to cure sickness such as the common cold. This endangered species of cephalopod was given the Latin name Octopus paxarbolislolo (which roughly means, "Pacific tree octopus" in Latin). It is able to live both on land and in water, and is said to live in the Olympic National Forest and nearby rivers, spawning in water where its eggs are laid. Its major predator was said to be the Sasquatch and the Bald Eagle.

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is said to live high in the trees of Washington State's Olympic National Forest and spend their early lives in the water of Puget Sound, but as they mature they move upwards, adopting an arboreal existence. They use their eight arms to swing from branch to branch, as well as to grab small prey such as insects and frogs in a process called tentaculation. Also it is known that athletes that travel to the northwest area for events disregard their shoes into the trees where the tree octopi dwell. This is a major problem to the species because they will feed on the shoes, and begin to choke on the rubber. During their mating season they return to the water, but soon after resume their life in the forest.

The tree octopus population is under great pressure from the encroachments of the modern world: logging, roads, pollution, and over-hunting by trappers eager to sell the octopuses as ornamental decorations for hats. As a result, the species is close to extinction. Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus organizations such as Greenpeas have long been attempting to raise awareness of this animal and its plight. They urge concerned citizens to write to their congressional representative about this problem. The tree octopus is 33cm in length.  

As outrageous as it sounds, recent studies have shown that it may even be linked to ISIS. The terrorists collect the film of the tree octopus that allow it to to retract water easily and sell it through terrorist black markets. After this happens the octopi cannot make it back to the canals where they breed and are left to die. Activist groups continue to try to stop this and keep the endangered animal from further harm. For any further questions or concerns please call 814-592-6980. It is a real, working number and would be happy to give information about the beautiful organism known as the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.

About the Author

Dr. Rohrbacker, otherwise known as Phillip Turner by his acquaintances, has been studying Tree Octopi at the University of Texas for 11 years. He has discovered many breakthrough facts about the species and its native habitat. He travels across the United States as well as some parts of Canada and Europe spreading word and raising awareness for the endangered organism that is isolated to one specific part of the globe, and is not commonly seen. He started the non-profit group that funds tree octopus populations and keeps the species thriving.
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