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, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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