AWESOME: DEEP-SEA OCTOPUS CARES FOR HER EGGS FOR 4.5 YEARS
Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four and one half years—longer than any other known animal. Throughout this time, the female kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators. This amazing feat represents an evolutionary balancing act between the benefits to the young octopuses of having plenty of time to develop within their eggs, and their mother’s ability to survive for years with little or no food. Although long-term observations of deep-sea animals are rare, the researchers propose that extended brooding periods may be common in the deep sea. Such extended life stages would need to be taken into account in assessing the effects of human activities on deep-sea animals. In any case, this strategy has apparently worked for Graneledone boreopacifica—it is one of the most common deep-sea octopuses in the Northeastern Pacific.
Close-up of the egg capsules in December, 2010
Empty egg cases, October 2011.
- Reference (Open access): :Robison et al. 2014, Deep-sea octopus (Graneledone boreopacifica) conducts the longest-known egg-brooding period of any animal. PLoS ONE 9
- video: MBARI
An Elsen recalls the introduction of sugar, spectre encounters, and several very unpleasant discoveries he’s made during his life in Zone 3.
Word count varies from ff.net to Ao3 for some reason, but it’s a bit over 6,000 words long.
I remember now. They tried to keep me from remembering, but they couldn’t do it.
this belongs on my blog
I clamped one of my hands over his mouth, and with my other I tried to pull him under my bulk more securely. I expected him to wrestle with me, pulling at my arms in a desperate but ultimately fruitless bid for freedom. But he didn’t. He looked over his shoulder at me, his eyes full of an expression I could only describe as venomous, then pulled back one elbow and struck me with all his might in the face.
Exciting new chapter for 0031. Definitely worth a read. Hell the whole thing is worth a read.
OH I JUST REALIZED WHY I THOUGHT SOMETHING LOOKED STRANGE HERE! He’s not wearing his gloves! Which, well, he took OFF his gloves in the thing so that fits in perfectly.
2041 hours, February 13, 1973.
I did the right thing.
The Mercenaries will be killed if I do not go back to talk with the Maker, and we do not know the current condition of the respawn system. They will not understand at first; they may be angry at me, but that is only to be expected. I belong with Herr Gray, and it is as Herr Engineer said, after the first meeting they had with Miss Pauling in the surgery. Him simply placing his processor into a human body is not going to solve his problems. This may not fix things still, but at the very least it will make things easier for his teammates.
Now I fully understand that some of you fine folks may not have stumbled across this story before and are thus intrigued but completely confused by everything that I have said up to now. Well if you want to get in on the fun, you can start reading from the beginning! Here’s the rest of the installments in the Of Metal Men series for your perusing pleasure.
Dell’s Letter (4,115 words total)
The Second Letter (677 words total)
E-001_log (32,149 words total)
0031_log (36,746 words and counting)
Dell’s Letters (it’s the first two combined and it’s 4,737 words total)
E-001_log (31,379 words total)
0031_log (36,162 words and counting)
Smoke. Metal. Plastic. Meat. Sugar.
Long ago, the four zones lived together in harmony.
Then everything changed when the spectres attacked.
Only The Batter, master of all 5 elements, could stop them, but when the world needed him most, he fucking killed everyone and flipped the switch off.
I’m curious to know what the follower population is like on this blog.
Another INTP here! Even though the P has me constantly reassessing my personality to see if I was wrong and I’m actually anything else.