Tree octupus

Posters such as this one rally citizens into petitioning their local government into conserving the endangered octopus and boycotting companies that use non-tree-octopus-safe wood harvesting practices. The tree octopus conservation website is full of useful suggestions as to how Joe Public can help: "You can demonstrate their plight during the march by having your friends dress up as tree octopuses while you attack them in a lumber jack costume." (From

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is an internet hoax created by Lyle Zapato ( in 1998. It can be found at this site .

Official PageEdit

The site at a glance looks like a credible source. It contains information such as habitats, anatomy, thought process, reasons for being endangered, how you can help, and other information. But, for one, this site contains no sources! Another reason it isn't credible is that it has no about the author page, or contact button. And, most importantly, an octopus skeletal structure would NOT allow it to swing throught trees!


  • Photo of the tree octopus on it's main page: "Rare photo of the elusive tree octopus"
  • Map of estimated tree octopus maximum range, including spawning waters
  • The site says Tree Octopuses are endangered because they are used for hats
  • sighting.


Save the Tree Octopus-0

Save the Tree Octopus-0

Main video

Tree Octopus Camouflage

Tree Octopus Camouflage

A tree octopus attempting to camouflage with its surroundings

Tree Octopus Hatching

Tree Octopus Hatching

A tree octopus hatching

Tree Octopus Caught On Tape!

Tree Octopus Caught On Tape!

Another fake tree octupus video



Numerous studies have been carried out regarding students' abilities to classify a source as credible. One involing a group of 7th graders (Link ) stated that 24 out of the 25 school's best online readers recommended the website to another class and stated it as credible. Another (Link ) stated that not only did the students believe the fabricated information, but insisted that it was real even after the professor told them it was a fake.

Sources and External linksEdit

Official Site:

Wikipedia Page:

Inkling Magazine Study #1:

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