Octopus has a very short life span of three to five years. They are little known for parenting in recent years.
Researchers at the Monetary Bay Aquarium Research Institue in California have spotted a steadfast little octopus, Graneledone boreopacifica brooding its eggs for 53 months setting an extraordinary record of animal motherhood.
Throughout this period, the Octomom kept the eggs clean and fought off the predators- even though she grew weaker.
In May 2007, during their research, a team of biologists spotted a female octopus clinging to a rocky ledge about 1,400 metres below the surface of the water in Canyon.
On their second visit, Robinson and his team noticed that the octopus had hatched 160 eggs attached to a rock.
The team visited the same site for 18 times to record the incredibly slow growth of the babies in 37-degree-Fahrenheit water.
As the years passed, the mother octopus gradually lost weight and her skin became loose and pale. Finally in October 2011, Robinson could never trace the mother, she was gone forever. The eggs were now only empty cases- each one about the size of a shrunken olive.
After counting the egg cases, researchers figured there must have been about 160 babies, all of which had swum off.
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