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Giant Pacific Octopus Enteroctopus dofleini
Giant Pacific octopuses are cephalopods (meaning “head-foot”) and are related to squid and cuttlefish.
Copepod Copepoda
Copepods are tiny crustaceans known as the “insects of the sea.” Learn more about copepods with ocean wildlife factsheets.
Brittle Star Ophiuroidea
The brittle star's mouth contains not one, not two, but five jaws.
Sea Scallop Placopecten magellanicus
Sea scallops are one of the most valuable fisheries in the United States. Sea scallops are invertebrates, meaning they don’t have backbones.
American Lobster Homarus americanus
There’s much more to lobsters than a fancy dinner entree! Lobster may be considered a high-class dinner now, but that wasn’t always the case.
Mussel Mytilidae
Mussels are filter feeders, and strain water to get plankton and other goodies out of the sea.
Hard Coral Hexacorallia
Did you know that hard coral are actually made of tiny organisms called polyps? Learn more about coral with ocean wildlife factsheets.
Oyster Ostreidae
Oysters are filter feeders, and pass water over their gills to get oxygen to breathe and plankton to eat.
Dungeness Crab Metacarcinus magister
A Dungeness crab is one of the most popular seafood items in the Pacific Northwest. You can recognize them by their purple-hued shell. Learn more.
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