An Actual Octopuses Garden in the shade…A team of scientists operating a remotely-operated submersible 2 miles deep & 80 miles off the coast of Monterey, California discovered a thousand female octopuses attached to rocks! 99% of them were in a brood-basket position formed by the females arms and web to protect her clutch of eggs (less than 200 eggs for this species)
“This has never been discovered on the West Coast of the US, never in our sanctuary and never in the world with these numbers,” Chad King, a lead scientist on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Nautilus exploration vessel. @nautiluslive
What kind of octopuses were they? Muusoctopus robustus - a small white/purple colored deep-sea cephalopod that lacks an ink-sak. When the baby octopuses (larvae) hatch from the eggs they’ll immediately begin life on the sea floor as a bottom dwelling (benthic) species.
“We really don’t know much about the deep sea—we’ve seen less than 1% of the world’s deep ocean bottoms. On any particular dive you could be shocked by something,” the scientist told KQED.
Well OctoNation is super surprised! Octopuses are largely thought of as anti-social creatures who do not congregate— much less hang out together tending to their eggs collectively. Time to rethink our assumptions based on the 1% we know huh? What are your thoughts nation? It’s our hope that with the viral attention these octopuses are getting that even more funding comes through for these amazing scientists. We are sooooooo here for it!!
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