The Octopus Tree of Oregon

(Photo: The Turducken)

You may try to find an endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus in this tree, but I doubt that you’ll be successful. The Octopus Tree is a Sitka spruce located near the Cape Meares Lighthouse on the northwestern coast of Oregon. With a base about 50 feet across and branches that grow straight up about 100 feet, it looks like a huge upside down octopus. Hard coastal winds probably account for its shape.

Some historians claim that the tree was a gathering place for Native Americans of the Tillamook nation. The tree itself was used for funeral rites as participants arranged the property of the deceased on the branches.

-via Amusing Planet

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