TGIF: 8-Legged Mom Has 50,000 Babies: 2-Legged Woman Watches

H/t to NPR

Laurynn, it turns out, often spends her winter evenings diving into the ocean, not too far from Harbor Avenue in downtown West Seattle. A couple of years ago, not far from the shore, she discovered a giant Pacific octopus doing exactly what I described — having babies…In the video, you can see it all: the octopus in her underwater den protected by rocks; braids of octopus eggs; the mom blowing on the eggs to keep them clean and aerated; then, at around 1:52 in this video, there it is — the first hatchling!


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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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