Story: Octopus and squid

Octopus tending her eggs

Female octopus lay their eggs in clusters and attach them to rocky overhangs. Unlike many shellfish, octopus give lots of maternal care to their developing embryos. This mother is guarding her eggs, and carefully cleans them with her tentacles. She does not eat until they hatch, by which time she is exhausted. She usually dies soon after her offspring have swum away.

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Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, 'Octopus and squid - Life history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/7910/octopus-tending-her-eggs (accessed 22 August 2019)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, published 12 Jun 2006