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.
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
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.