Divers capture rare video of octopus mother, hatchlings

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by Evening Magazine

KING5.com

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 3:33 PM

From the sea floor of a cove near West Seattle, two divers shared a rare sight with Evening Magazine.

On a recent dive, Laurynn Evans and Kathryn Arant were excited to catch a glimpse of the giant Pacific octopus.

The GPO is the largest species of octopus in the world, and many live under the path of Seattle's ferries in old pilings and cargo bins littering the seafloor.

On one dive, Evans and Arant found a GPO that laid eggs. Ten days and 20 dives later, they found that the babies had hatched. Each one was about the size of a grain of rice.

 

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