By the time the baby octopuses hatched, they would have been "mini-adults," Robison said. With the ability to swim and hunt, these creatures would generally…Read More »
have better chance of surviving in the hostile deep-sea environment than less-developed octopus babies that hatch after just a few weeks or months in shallower waters. The scientists counted about 160 egg capsules — a relatively low number for an octopus clutch. Instead of investing her energy into making thousands of eggs and hoping some hatchlings survive, "Octomom" invested her energy into protecting a smaller clutch and ensuring they all have time to develop. [Read full story] Less «
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Megan has been writing for Live Science and Space.com since 2012. Her interests range from archaeology to space exploration, and she has a bachelor's degree in English and art history from New York University. Megan spent two years as a reporter on the national desk at NewsCore. She has watched dinosaur auctions, witnessed rocket launches, licked ancient pottery sherds in Cyprus and flown in zero gravity. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.