Watch 50,000 Baby Octopuses Hatch Off Seattle

by Owen James Burke

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Laurynn Evans frequently spends her evenings diving off West Seattle. Two years ago, Evans encountered a Giant Pacific Octopus, which she began to check up on weekly. After about two months, she discovered that the giant octopus had laid 50,000 eggs.

The video captures the process of the mother octopus tending to the eggs and keeping them clean until it came time for the hatch, which lasted a full week. Sadly, as always once the hatch is complete, this is when the mother octopus’ duties end and she dies soon thereafter; though only to make room for her 50,000 little bundles of joy.

*NPR via deepseanews, video via seainggreen*

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