Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Does the Internet lie? The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus . . .




As we researched granite, the topic of valuable websites with the best information came up. That lead to the Northwest Pacific Tree Octopus. Take a look at the website:



Is the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus real or not? There is a lot of information on a very elaborate website. You can even purchase merchandise!

In this extra credit blog, post your ideas about whether the animal is real, or is the Internet lying? Be sure to comment on each other's posts. This one could get real fun!



44 comments:

  1. I don’t think the story about the Northwest Pacific Tree Octopus is real. My proof is: One, the “blue tree octopus” picture is a stuffed animal!! Two, the Sasquatch doesn’t even exist!!!! BUT, I don’t think the internet lied either. Because the internet didn’t lie, the people writing on the internet lied! I don’t think the story about the Northwest Pacific Tree Octopus is real. My proof is: One, the “blue tree octopus” picture is a stuffed animal!! Two, the Sasquatch doesn’t even exist!!!! BUT, I don’t think the internet lied either. Because the internet didn’t lie, the people writing on the internet lied!

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    1. I personally do not think that you should believe everything that you see, especially on the internet. Anyone can use photoshop or specially effects to create crazy pictures and movies. In order for me to believe that the Northwest Pacific Tree Octopus is real i would have to see it with my own eyes. Since I can only see it in pictures, I do not think that it is real. I agree with Oscar that it is not really the internet that does the lying. People who like to trick other people are the ones who lie.

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    2. I had to try 5 times to write this post. It took a half hour to actually get it to publish. So I apologize about the "i" that I missed. Sorry Mr. LaMarr.

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    3. No worries, Ty. I like your persistence to get your comments to post!

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  2. I think the tree octopus isn’t real because look at this photo link:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/7230309@N05/5759733749/in/photostream/ Do you think that’s real!?

    The Tree Octopus isn’t real because I have checked 5 websites and only 1 says it is true, and that one website has the creator’s name as the url. If it were real, it would say so on all the factual websites. I know it’s a hoax from these websites:
    http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/treeoctopus.asp
    http://hoaxes.org/animals/comments/pacific_northwest_tree_octopus
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Northwest_tree_octopus

    So remember, not everything on the internet is real.

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    1. I agree with you Nate. 2 of those websites say no it is not real and one says yes.

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    2. I totally agree that the Flickr image is fake. But, this doesn't mean that all tree octopi are fake.

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    3. That Flicker photo is pretty weak. All the other tree octopi are probably embarrassed. However, I have seen stuffed Pandas, and I know that they exist . . .

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  3. I think that the internet does lie about the tree octopus because I looked at the pictures and saw that one was a stuffed animal, another one was a rubber one in a Christmas tree, and another one was a plastic rainbow octopus, and one looks like a plastic crab!! I also read in a National Geographic Kids magazine in a "Real or Fake?" column that the tree octopus doesn't exist. That is my proof that the internet lied about the tree octopus.

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    1. The Christmas tree example says that the poor little thing was caught in a tree that someone cut down and took home. Then, it crawled out. I know that when we brought our tree home this year, a wasp nest fell out. I guess I should check for a tree octopus, too.

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  4. I think the Northern Pacific Tree Octopus is fake because there are pictures of them but they don't look real at all. Like the picture of the blue Tree Octopus that looks like a stuffed animal. Another picture that doesn't look real is the pink, purple and blue Tree Octopus. Also there are nonbelievers and believers in the Northern Pacific Tree Octopus. I'm a nonbeliever. Maybe the merchandise is just for believers. I think the Northern tree octopus is just a mythical creature. More proof that the Tree Octopus is not real is that the internet sometimes does lie. For instance, some granite websites said that granite does not have hornblende. Others say granite does have hornblende. One does not know which website to trust. Just like I don't trust the Tree Octopus website. On the website, it says the Northern Pacific Tree Octopus is not on the endangered species list. It's Probably not on the list because it does not exist. Also on the website there is a video. The video looks fake, because the camera is shaking, the tree is shaking and the octopuses movements don't look natural. Also I think the camera is shaking because the video taper is shaking the tree which makes the Tree Octopus move weirdly.

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  5. I think that the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus exists. Although the picture of the blue octopus is a fake, I do believe in the Orange one. For one, who would spend all that time and effort into a website that is just a troll? Even though Sasquatch might not exist, that doesn't mean that he has to be a predator of the Tree Octopus. For two, people are actually spending time and effort to look for these creatures. I'm not saying that you should believe everything you see on the Internet, but I am a true believer of the Western Pacific Tree Octopus.

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    1. Whoops! I just realized that I capitalized Orange.

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    2. That is a very fancy website with a lot of time and effort put into it. Would someone do that for a joke? Good point, Cooper!

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  6. People put plenty of time and effort into myths such as the Sasquatch. There is a whole tv show dedicated to chasing the "squatch". It's the weirdest show with a lot of weird people but they seem to make it look real. People are willing to put anything out there to make money and maybe fool some people.

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  7. I think the Tree Octopus is fake. My proof is that when I watched a tree octopus video, it mentioned Big foot, which is also a make believe animal. An other reason I think it is fake, is most of the pictures I'v seen of the Tree Octopus either looked fake, or like it was photo shopped. one of the pictures was taken on a boat in the ocean! Aren't Tree Octopi supposed to live in trees? It doesn't make sense! I also did some re search and on wikipedia, it says it was "created in 1998" which means it is made up. That is why I think the Tree Octopus isn't real.

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    1. We just hope that the research that says it was "created in 1998" is real. Who's to know, for sure? Nice job researching, Julia.

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  8. I think the tree octopus is not real, even though I thought it was real earlier at school. The reason why i don't believe it is because there was a picture of a blue octopus that was a stuffed animal! That is not the only reason why i don't believe it, though! I also think that not everything you see on the internet is true or real. People could just go on the internet and say that magical unicorn-dinosaurs are real! It is important to do your own research and verify that the information is correct. That is why I think the tree octopus is not real

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    1. You are right Sami. You should always check your research with multiple sources. Check and double check.

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  9. SORRY IT SAYS ANONYMOUS I MEANT SAMI.

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  10. I think that the internet lies. The Tree Octopus does not exist because all of the pictures I have seen either look like stuffed animals, pictures of spiders, or have trees photo shopped into the background of the octopus. Would an octopus still be called an octopus if it lives on land? The website mentioned that the main predators of the Tree Octopus are Sasquatches and Bald Eagles. I know there is no such thing as a Sasqatch. The website might be telling more lies.The people who made the website might be doing it because they want to get money from it and are not telling the truth. People can not be so gullible while looking on websites because the websites might not always tell the truth.

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    1. Well said, Clara. Always look with a critical eye. However, that means to look critically at the sites people have found that say that there is no Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. Hmmmmm . . .

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    2. I am 86.29% sure that the plural of Sasquatch is Sasquatchi

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    3. I am sure of that Nithin! wink wink, this guy is not my brother. ;)

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  11. Even though the tree octopus may have some realistic features, I do not believe that they are real. At first I was not sure but after some research I knew they could not be possible. Here are some reasons why. First of all, youtube said their predator was Sasquatch, who is an unrealistic character. Also, octopi need to live in water. Their prey all live in the water so they could not eat anything living in trees. Even though rain forests provide large amounts of water they are not enough for octopi. Another reason is from pictures, no octopus is blue and they pictures are mostly photoshopped. This is why I do not believe in the tree octopus.

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    1. Just because YouTube said that Sasquatch was a predator doesn't mean that he has to be. Just because Sasquatch might not exist doesn't mean that the tree octopus doesn't exist.

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  12. I think that the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is not real. I think that the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is not real because when I looked at many websites, none of them convinced me that the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is real. For example the blue octopus looked exactly like a stuffed animal. On a different website, one of them looked like a dog toy. The website also said that the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus predators are Bald Eagles and Sasquatch. Sasquatch doesn't even exist. I also think that the people who made the website just want the money. In conclusion I think that the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is not real.

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  13. To my opinion, the Pacific north west tree octopus does not exist. This is my proof. first, the picture of a blue octopus is a stuff animal on a tree. Second, that creature lives in the land not in the water, how can it live? I really have no idea. The website said the main predators were Sasquatch, by the way, what is a Sasquatch? I'm pretty sure it was a fake creature the people who made the website. The pictures of other tree octopus were maybe spiders like the one that was colorful and had skinny legs that totally looked like spider legs. The video was maybe making the creature move by shaking the tree or shaking the camera. They were trying to make other people pay money to save the tree octopus,and instead they would keep the money. Not all websites tell the truth. Again, I don't think tree octopus are real.

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  14. Sorry, I for got to capitalize the "f" in first.

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  15. I think the Pacific Tree Octopus is a hoax. The creator of the website was so desperate to create things to make it look real.All the photos showing the tree octopus were fake.Many of the websites that I went to said the tree octopus was not real.The arms of an octopus cannot be adapted for swinging in trees.Their tentacles are thin and soft with no bones.The website said Sasquatch eat them but we know they don't exist.So if the Sasquatch don't exist then the Tree octopus will not have any predators to eat them.They will grow and multiply faster and we should see a lot of them.That is why I don't believe the tree octopus.Not all things you see in the internet is real.

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  16. I think the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is not a real animal. The proof is in the pictures and the video. In some pictures the Tree Octopus is blue which looks like a stuffed animal and the picture with a plastic octopus. In the video the people must have put an octopus in a tree. The people could have put an octopus in the snow. The octopus with the dollar picture ,the octopus looked like a toy crab. Octopi live in the ocean not in trees. That is my proof about the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.

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  17. Though the website is elaborate, I think that the tree octopus isn't real for three reasons. The first reason is that the image of the blue tree octopus doesn't look realistic but more like a stuffed animal. The second reason is that when I researched the tree octopus on-line, I wasn't able to find a reputable website supporting the claim that the tree octopus is real. Finally, the tree octopus' predator is the sasquatch, which has not been proven to exist. Although the website looks very convincing, I believe that the tree octopus is make-believe.

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  18. In my opinion I think that the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is not real. My proof is 1. In one of the pictures of the Tree Octopus where the Octopus was blue it looked to me like a stuffed animal. 2. The people who own this web page could of just pphotoshoped an Octopus in a tree and called it a Tree Octopus. 3. Some of the pictures said it was a tree Octopus or showed it was a Tree Octopus when it could have been a spider, sculpture, or a stuffed animal. Just because it's on the Internet doesn't mean it's true.

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    1. I accidentally put two "P" in photoshoped.

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  19. I think the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is a hoax. Wikipedia says that the tree octopus was an internet hoax created by Lyle Zapato in 1998. It also says on Wikipedia that its predator is Sasquatch, which is also unproven. Therefore, the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is fake, and I think Lyle Zapato is cheating people by requesting donations for a fake website.

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  20. TREE OCTOPUS

    I think the Pacific Northwest "Tree" Octopus is a creature but doesn't live in trees but lives in the ocean and has been photographed in trees as a hoax. I searched other websites and saw pictures of real looking Octopi. Although on the Tree Octopus website, the Blue Tree Octopus was a stuffed animal. For those reasons, I believe that the Tree Octopus is a real living creature but not in trees.

    - Trevor 

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  21. I think the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is fake. I think the North Pacific Tree Octopus is fake because the pictures looked photo shopped and one of the pictures looked like there was a white rubber octopus in snow. One of pictures look like a blue octopus that was a stuff animal on a tree. I think whoever made this is just trying to make money off of this website. To my conclusion The North Pacific Tree Octopus is FAKE!.

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  22. The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is a hoax. I know this because I found proof that it is fake on a website called Buzzle.com. According to Buzzle.com, the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus was created by Lyle Zapato, a Washington-based author and a Web publisher. Also, the tree octopus' predator is supposed to be Sasquatch, often called Big Foot. This connection between the mythical Sasquatch and the tree octopus points me to the conclusion that the tree octopus is not real. Some pictures on the website 'Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus' looked as if Photoshop had been used on them. In other pictures, a blue tree octopus looked like a stuffed animal in a tree. So sometimes the Internet can be inaccurate.

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  23. The Pacific Northwest is fake.On :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Northwest_tree_octopus it says on the first line that "The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is an Internet hoax created in 1998 by Lyle Zapato." Also I found no other websites ,saying that The Tree Octopus is real, other than the one Mr.LaMarr showed us. The website that says the tree octopus is real has only proof from images and videos which can be faked. It got the latin name "Octopus paxarbolis" meaning tree octopus in dog latin. Lyle Zapato made the internet lye this time!

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    1. Sorry big spaces beetween "the pasific northwest tree octopus i deleted it and reposted it but it still did it.

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  24. yeah its so fakeeeeeeeeeee..... yeah but it really is fake

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  25. Omg we were using amplify this year and this came up. We were analyzing the website URL's and seeing which ones were reliable or not. This website came up and I remembered it! One of the kids in my class found some really offensive images on it and they had to take it down.

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