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Octopus bimaculoides

Going tide pooling off the coast of Southern California or Baja you might see a Two Spotted Octopus. It gets its name from the false eye spot underneath each real eye used to trick predators. It likes to feast on mollusks and crustaceans, subduing its prey with its parrot like beak and toxic secretions through the salvitory gland. If it looses an arm in a fight with a predator, it can regenerate a new one. Females can lay up to 150,000 eggs under a rock and will brood them for 2-4 months. During this time she does not feed and dies shortly after hatching. They live for roughly two years. To get around they use their arms or jet propulsion.  

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