View Full Version : giant pacific octopus

03/15/2016, 02:30 PM
Was just curious this has been bugging me a long long time, i work in an aquarium and we have a honey comb moray very powerful fish, its in with great barracudas and bosses them around, killed a grouper and its only a baby still like 4 feet max!

Would an adult of these species prey on a giant octopus? Is there any moray that would? OR Conger? just curious?

03/15/2016, 04:27 PM
I am not sure if it would try. I do remember a snippet on the news about 3-4 years ago about sharks that were dying in a public Aquarium. They finally caught the culprit on camera.


03/15/2016, 04:40 PM
That was a neat video. I wonder how they could eat a fish that big with the beaked mouths that they have.

03/15/2016, 04:45 PM
i was curious about the wild also

I never get to read much on conger eel or seen them in live aquaria but htey are suppose to be the largest eel and have a diet like a moray with same powerful jaws

the sf aquarium told me they lost their giant p octopus to something called a cowfish which shocked me

03/22/2016, 01:52 AM
Eels and sharks prey on each other as do octopuses and eels. Sometimes it comes down to who has the size or ambush advantage.

03/22/2016, 02:46 PM
good god the commentary on that video...

03/30/2016, 09:58 PM
jailso i have never heard of a octopus taking or eating a moray?

03/30/2016, 11:14 PM
I caught a monkey faced eel poke poling and had a baby GPO attack it while I was landing it and brought them both out of the water. Based on that experience coupled with all the videos of octopuses eating sharks and sharks eating eels I apologize and now realize I must have assumed and not actually seen an octo successfuly attack and kill a heathly eel.
My bad.

03/31/2016, 09:36 AM
tonic immobility affects some sharks if flipped. That may have played some part in the contest.


03/31/2016, 02:58 PM
How amazing if turning the shark over is a deliberate part of the attack sequence.

06/04/2016, 07:21 PM
Just got done watching an episode of River Monsters and they were talking about this, It was at the Seattle Aquarium and they couldn't figure out whyat was happening to the sharks. They say the GPOs can reach over 300 lbs and over 25 ft in diameter and if they would go after humans.

They also had a show on the Humboldt Squid when they are in a feeding frenzy are very aggressive and hunt in packs like wolves. The fishermen in Peru call them The Red Devil

06/06/2016, 01:48 PM
I've seen the resident octopi on many visits. It's my impression they keep them a while and then turn them out to reproduce and demise, as they do. The first one I saw there was IMHO the biggest.

12/26/2016, 11:50 PM
That's pretty darn cool

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03/24/2017, 01:44 PM
Id never put an octopus and eel in the same tank again after my last experience. One by one the eel ate every tentacle until the octopus was just a head.

03/24/2017, 02:15 PM
Id never put an octopus and eel in the same tank again after my last experience. One by one the eel ate every tentacle until the octopus was just a head.

He should quit while he is a head.

03/27/2017, 09:25 PM
He should quit while he is a head.

Guess he will never get a leg up on the situation.