This Deep-Water Octopus COULD Be the Ocean’s Best Mother!

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Over the course of four and a half years, researchers at the Monteray Bay Aquarium Institute (MBARI) studied an octopus who had been brooding her eggs on a rock on the sea floor — she had been incubating her eggs the entire time!

Octopi that live in shallow waters usually only live for a couple of years, with only a single reproductive cycle. Therefore this deep-water octopus, according to MBARI’s Dr. Bruce Robison, “may be one of the longest living cephalopod species that we know of!”

Check out the video to see one of the ocean’s best mothers!

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.