Broody octopus guards her eggs for over four years

The octopus affectionately known as

The octopus affectionately known as "Octomom" (Courtesy of MBARI)


An octopus off the coast of California has broken the record for the longest brood. The dedicated mom guarded her eggs for 53 months until they were ready to hatch.
 So why such a long brood?

"There's a tremendous advantage to being well-developed when you hatch," researcher Bruce Robison tells As It Happens guest host Helen Mann. 

After spending over four years with the octopus, Mr. Robison and his team grew quite attached to the tenacious creature. "By then, everyone had some little emotional investment in this endurance that we had witnessed."

Of course, the team gave her a name.

"We called her Octomom. How could we not?"

Bruce Robison led the research at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and his findings were published in the journal PLOS One.

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