Octopus mom waits record 4.5 years for eggs to hatch
Human mothers spend nine long months watching what they eat and lugging around a growing belly as they wait for babies to be born, but that’s nothing compared to what a mother deep-sea octopus endures.
At 4½ years, an octopus has claimed the record for the longest known egg-brooding period or pregnancy in the animal kingdom.
A deep-sea octopus observed by researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California sat with her arms wrapped around her eggs for 53 months, apparently without eating the entire time.
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