Photo courtesy of NOAA/ R. N. Lea
Hey Explorers! Time for the Critter of the Week! This week, in honor of Mother's Day, we are spotlighting a very dedicated mother in the aquatic world: the Giant Pacific Octopus. The Giant Pacific Octopus, a type of cephalopod (which inc...ludes octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and nautilus) is the largest species of octopus in the world as well as the longest living octopus. However, they only live four years. Generally, after they breed, both male and female GPOs die shortly after. However, female GPOs actually live long enough to care for and protect the eggs that they lay, not leaving the nest to even eat! These mothers sacrifice their lives for their offspring. Go give your own mom a hug for the dedication she shows everyday to you!
You can read more about the Giant Pacific Octopus below: