Deep-Sea Octopus is Mother of the Year

This deep-sea octopus spent four-and-a-half years brooding her eggs on a ledge near the bottom of Monterey Canyon, about 4,600 feet below the ocean’s surface. (MBARI © 2007)

This deep-sea octopus spent four-and-a-half years brooding her eggs on a ledge near the bottom of Monterey Canyon, about 4,600 feet below the ocean’s surface. (MBARI © 2007)

Think 9 months of morning sickness and swollen ankles sounds rough?

Imagine being pregnant for 4 years.

In a new study published today, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute report a deep-sea octopus that tends its eggs for a mind-numbing 53 months.

The researchers discovered the female octopus during a routine deep-sea survey of Monterey Canyon in 2007. Using a remotely operated vehicle, they watched her brood a clutch of approximately 160 eggs nearly a mile below the ocean’s surface.

Read the entire article at KQED Science…

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