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Homer Beachcomber Finds Octopus Tentacles

A local Homer resident discovered two large tentacles washed up on an Anchor Point Beach on Wednesday, March 2nd.

While beachcombing, Ginger Frizzell found what appeared to be two cephalopod arms that measured over 5 and ½ feet in length. A local biologist told the Anchorage Daily News that he believes the tentacles belonged to a giant red octopus, a common species in the Cook Inlet and Gulf of Alaska waters. This octopus can have tentacles that weigh 70 pounds and are as long as 14 feet.

This isn’t the first time that Frizzell says she has come across tentacles on the beach.  She told KBBI that in April 2014 she found similar tentacles washed up on Bishop’s Beach in Homer.

Frizzell has lived in Homer for 2 years, and she says she is always “out and about” with her camera. Since Wednesday evening, Frizzell’s Facebook posting of the tentacles has been shared nearly 3,000 times.