Thousands of brooding octopus mothers gather at a spot 3200 metres deep off the coast of California because warmer water there dramatically reduces hatching times
2 March 2022
Thousands of octopus mothers lay and tend their eggs at a deep-sea site with warm hydrothermal vents because it dramatically reduces hatching times, from more than 14 years to under two years.
“They have about a 90 per cent reduction in brood period because, I think, they are brooding in warm water,” said Jim Barry at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California, during a virtual talk at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022.
In 2018, other researchers …