An internet hoax used to check students’ digital literacy, the tree-climbing octopus is a species of cephalopod that can live on both land and water. The Octopus paxarbolis (from Latin pax, the root of Pacific, and arbor, “tree”) climbs trees to seek its prey, avoids its predators, and indulges its sense of curiosity about the world around it. The Pacific Northwest tree octopus is native to Olympic National Forest and nearby rivers, and tends to lay its eggs in water. Its major predator is said to be the Sasquatch.
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