While most of the creatures you'll meet in the Fantastic Creatures Anthology have centuries, if not millenniums, worth of history, this little guy is a fairly new addition to "Mythology."
The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus was invented for a late 90's internet hoax ... at least, that's what they want you to believe, but come one, wouldn't the world be a better place with these little guys swinging from the trees on their agile tentacles?
At least, that's what author H. L. Burke thinks. Here she explains why she chose this apocryphal cephalopod to feature in her short story Absolutely True Facts about the Pacific Tree Octopus.
I've always been fascinated by childhood innocence ... as well as the quirky twists and turns of internet mythology. Modern humans don't really have campfire tales and traveling minstrels/story tellers. But dang it! We have message boards (message boards are still a thing, right? Darn, I feel old)! When I read about how the Tree Octopus site is used to in internet literacy classes, I really wanted to play with the concept of a young child taken in by the hoax who decides to prove she's not as gullible as people think she is. Plus, dang, these little guys are adorable.