WILD GIANT PACIFIC OCTOPUS
The giant Pacific octopus is a cephalopod mollusk that like the other free swimming invertebrates, squid and cuttlefish, lacks a hard shell. The largest of the species – the giant Pacific octopus grows to as much as 135 pounds during a three-to-five year life span – they are harvested by dive fishery or as bycatch in the trap fisheries. The giant Pacific octopus features a highly flavorful meat which is considered a delicacy. When simmered, the flesh will change color and become delicate and tender.
WILD PACIFIC HUMBOLDT SQUID
Growing to more than six feet in length, the Pacific Humboldt (or jumbo flying) are the largest of all commercial squid. These marine mammoths can alter their appearance through bioluminescence in which they rapidly change their color from deep red to pearly white providing them with a measure of camouflage, both from predators and prey alike. Feeding on a diet of shrimp, hake and other small fish, Pacific Humboldt squid grow quickly and reproduce at a young age, making them highly resilient to fishing pressure. With a thick walled, sweet, and tender flesh, the Pacific Humboldt squid is particularly well suited to calamari steaks in addition to more traditional calamari dishes.